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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] īnflātiō (expansion, blowing up), from īnfātus, the perfect passive participle of īnflō (blow into, expand), from in (into) + flō (blow).

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inflation

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  1. An act, instance of, or state of expansion or increase in size, especially by injection of a gas.
    The inflation of the balloon took five hours.
  2. (economics) A increase in the general level of prices or in the cost of living.
  3. (economics) A decline in the value of money.
  4. Undue expansion or increase, as of academic grades.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An extremely rapid expansion of the universe, theorised to have occurred very shortly after the big bang.

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  • (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Burgess & Quevedo, "The Great Cosmic Roller-Coaster Ride", Scientific American, November 2007, pg. 57.

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