necrotizing fasciitis


necrotizing fasciitis

noun

Definition of NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

:  a severe soft tissue infection by bacteria (as Group A streptococci) that is marked by edema and necrosis of subcutaneous tissues with involvement of adjacent fascia and by painful red swollen skin over affected areas

First Known Use of NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

1967

necrotizing fasciitis

noun

Full Definition of NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

medical
:  a severe soft tissue infection by bacteria (such as Group A streptococci or MRSA) that is marked by edema and necrosis of subcutaneous tissues with involvement of adjacent fascia and by painful red swollen skin over affected areas < … is a fast-moving bacterial infection of the skin, soft tissue and muscle that strikes between 550 and 1,000 people a year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. — Liv Osby, Greenville (South Carolina) News, 22 Nov. 2012> <On incision, clues such as fat necrosis … and thrombosis of subcutaneous veins … would suggest . — Michael R. Filbin et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 29 Jan. 2009> <If the infection occurred on the skin or underlying tissue as through a cut, could develop, literally eating away deep muscle and other soft tissue, eventually causing organ failure and death. — Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2009> —called also flesh-eating disease

First Known Use of NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

1952

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necrotizing fasciitis

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

: a severe soft tissue infection typically by Group A streptococci or by a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria that is marked by edema and necrosis of subcutaneous tissues with involvement of the fascia and widespread undermining of adjacent tissue, by painful red swollen skin over affected areas, and by polymorphonuclear leukocytosis and that usually occurs as a complication of surgery, injury, or infection by extension from the initially affected site

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