Definition of Cellulitis

1. Noun. An inflammation of body tissue (especially that below the skin) characterized by fever and swelling and redness and pain.

Generic synonyms: Inflammation, Redness, Rubor

Definition of Cellulitis

1. n. An inflammantion of the cellular or areolar tissue, esp. of that lying immediately beneath the skin.

Definition of Cellulitis

1. Noun. An inflammation of subcutaneous or connective tissue caused by a bacterial infection ¹

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Definition of Cellulitis

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Medical Definition of Cellulitis

1. An acute, diffuse, spreading, oedematous, suppurative inflammation of the deep subcutaneous tissues and sometimes muscle, which may be associated with abscess formation. It is usually caused by infection of an operative or traumatic wound, burn or other cutaneous lesion by various bacteria, but group A streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus are the most common aetiological agents. Cellulitis may also occur in immunocompromised hosts or it may follow erysipelas. It tends to spread to tissue spaces and cleavage planes owing to bacterial elaboration of large amounts of hyaluronidases that, break down polysaccharide ground substance, fibrinolysins that digest fibrin barriers and lecithinases that destroy cell membranes. Clinical manifestations include an area of oedema, warmth and tenderness with indistinct margins. Compare: erysipelas. (13 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cellulitis

cellulitic phlegmasia
cellulitis (current term)
cellulocutaneous flap
celluloid strip
cellulose acetate
cellulose acetate phthalate
cellulose ester
cellulose nitrate
cellulose synthase
cellulose tape

Literary usage of Cellulitis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Clinical Lectures on the Diseases of Women by James Young Simpson (1872)
"Before speaking of the treatment of pelvic cellulitis, A. BEFORE ... But having recognised a case of pelvic cellulitis early, soon after the patient has had ..."

2. Manual of gynecology by David Berry Hart (1893)
"These displacements might be grouped under the two heads :— A. those caused by Pelvic Peritonitis; B. those caused by Pelvic cellulitis. ..."

3. Clinical gynecology, medical and surgical for students and practitioners by by John Marie Keating (1897)
"In every case of difficult or prolonged labor some cellulitis is produced. A striking example is that seen and felt about the tissues at the vaginal ..."

4. Diseases of Women by Harry Sturgeon Crossen (1922)
"cellulitis OF VULVA cellulitis of vulva is that form of vulvitis in which the ... The treatment is the same as for cellulitis or lymphangitis elsewhere. ..."

5. A Treatise on the science and practice of midwifery by William Smoult Playfair (1876)
"The differential diagnosis of pelvic cellulitis and pelvic peritonitis cannot always be made, and, indeed, in many cases it is impossible, ..."

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