eczema

noun

: an inflammatory condition of the skin characterized by redness, itching, and oozing vesicular lesions which become scaly, crusted, or hardened
eczematous adjective

Examples of eczema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Food allergy symptoms in kids can include vomiting, diarrhea, hives, and eczema, among others. Anna Halkidis, Parents, 8 Feb. 2024 In 2021, scientists in China found a link between higher baseline levels of air pollution and conditions like eczema in children in Guangzhou. Amit Katwala, WIRED, 10 Jan. 2024 Researchers have long known that people with conditions like eczema tend to have higher prevalence of a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus on their skin, but its exact link to itchiness was unclear. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Dec. 2023 It can even be used for eczema, psoriasis, and other itchy, scaly conditions. Sherri Gordon, Verywell Health, 30 Jan. 2024 Patients whose eczema flare-ups or itchy skin were normally only a problem in the winter were coming to her clinic at the height of summer. Amit Katwala, WIRED, 10 Jan. 2024 Treatment for facial eczema often includes topical medications, light therapy, and steroid creams.2 Read on to learn how to treat eczema on the face and prevent flares. Anthea Levi, Health, 14 Nov. 2023 Her specialties include acne, moles, skin cancer, and eczema. Cathryne Keller, SELF, 18 Jan. 2024 While some may use it to ask for answers to dermatological conditions (rosacea, eczema, acne, and beyond), others might just be looking to try a new cleanser or test a new serum. Ali Finney, Allure, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek ékzema, from ekze-, stem of ekzéō, ekzeîn "to boil over, (of disease) break out" (from ek- ec- + zeîn "to boil, seethe") + -ma, resultative noun suffix — more at yeast entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eczema was circa 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Eczema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eczema. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

eczema

noun
ec·​ze·​ma ig-ˈzē-mə How to pronounce eczema (audio) ˈeg-zə-mə How to pronounce eczema (audio)
ˈek-sə-
: a skin disease marked by redness, itching, and scaly or crusty lesions

Medical Definition

eczema

noun
: an inflammatory condition of the skin characterized by redness, itching, and oozing vesicular lesions which become scaly, crusted, or hardened
eczematous adjective

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