Saint Anthony's fire


variants or St. Anthony's fire
: any of several inflammations or gangrenous conditions (such as erysipelas or ergotism) of the skin

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Saint Anthony's fire was in the 14th century

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“Saint Anthony's fire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

Saint Anthony's fire

Saint An·​tho·​ny's fire
ˌsānt-ˌan(t)-thə-nēz-, chiefly British -ˌan-tə-
: any of several inflammatory or gangrenous conditions (as erysipelas or ergotism) of the skin
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