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Definition swelling, redness, and other body tissue response to injury or infection

Much more rarely, inflammation can reference a state of violent emotional arousal — as in:  "The crowd was in a state of extreme inflammation."
  • inflammation around the wound
  • Researches found a surprising link between inflammation and heart attacks.
  • There's some rigidity and some inflammation.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Pausing, Green gingerly touched a boil on the back of his neck, a mature inflammation that seemed, like its angry wearer, about to burst.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • For example, syphilis causes an inflammation of the aorta, a very specific, peculiar reaction.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • I have stated that when Dr. Flint put Ellen in jail, at two years old, she had an inflammation of the eyes, occasioned by measles.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Jefferson battled a head cold and suffered from inflammation of the eyes.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The inflammation in her belly and the pain in her breasts began to subside.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • His feverish state and the inflammation of his bowels, which were injured, were in the doctor's opinion sure to carry him off.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • More cartilage and tendon tissue were lost from the chronic inflammation.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • It was getting better, the inflammation was going down, and AP was doing ultrasound on my shoulder.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • All this time Henchard's smouldering sentiments towards Lucetta had been fanned into higher and higher inflammation by the circumstances of the case.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Cerebral inflammation was complete and had brought on a paralysis of movement and sensation.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He noted that the injected cattle showed no inflammation nor rise in temperature.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The contracted muscles of my throat relaxed—and the inflammation of my lips in some measure subsided.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Inflammation spread to adjacent blood vessels; lured to the scene of the accident, white corpuscles now arrived; death by congealing proceeded apace.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Swelling and inflammation had forced the twisted catgut threads to cut deep into his flesh, while beads of clear liquid oozed from the wound.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The herbs are more for the inflammation—" my mother begins calmly.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • There'll be no inflammation though."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • For days doctor and nurse strove with him, hoping that the leaping inflammation would not strike at his heart.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel

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