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erysipelas

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noun ery·sip·e·las \ˌer-ə-ˈsi-p(ə-)ləs, ˌir-\

Definition of erysipelas

  1. :  an acute febrile disease associated with intense edematous local inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues caused by a hemolytic streptococcus



Origin of erysipelas

Middle English erisipila, from Latin erysipelas, from Greek, from erysi- (probably akin to Greek erythros red) + -pelas (probably akin to Latin pellis skin) — more at red, fell


First Known Use: 14th century


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erysipelas

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noun er·y·sip·e·las \ˌer-ə-ˈsip-(ə-)ləs, ˌir-\

Medical Definition of erysipelas

  1. 1:  an acute febrile disease that is associated with intense often vesicular and edematous local inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues and that is caused by a hemolytic streptococcus

  2. 2:  swine erysipelas—used especially when the disease affects hosts other than swine




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