lumpy fat deposits, especially in the thighs and buttocks.
a name sometimes given to subcutaneous fat alleged to resist dieting
“lumpy, dimpled fat,” 1968, from French cellulite, from cellule “a small cell” (16c., from Latin cellula “little cell,” diminutive of cella; see cell) + -ite (see -ite (1)).
cellulite cel·lu·lite (sěl’yə-līt’)
A fatty deposit causing a dimpled or uneven appearance, as around the thighs.
cellulite [(sel-yuh-leyet, sel-yuh-leet)]
A popular term for fat that is difficult to remove by dieting and that often has a dimpled appearance. There is no physiological difference between cellulite and ordinary fat.
inflammation of cellular tissue. Historical Examples noun inflammation of any of the tissues of the body, characterized by fever, pain, swelling, and redness of the affected area n. 1832, from Latin cellula, diminutive of cella “cell” (see cell) + -itis. cellulitis cel·lu·li·tis (sěl’yə-lī’tĭs) n. A spreading inflammation of subcutaneous or connective tissue.
(of bacteria or enzymes) capable of hydrolyzing cellulose.
of, containing, or derived from cellulose. any cellulosic compound or substance. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples