eczema

noun
ec·​ze·​ma | \ ig-ˈzē-mə How to pronounce eczema (audio) , ˈeg-zə-mə, ˈek-sə- How to pronounce eczema (audio) \

Definition of eczema

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

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Other Words from eczema

eczematous \ ig-​ˈze-​mə-​təs How to pronounce eczematous (audio) \ adjective

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In another study, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences in 2017, the researchers found that centella asiatica was helpful at reducing inflammation in a mouse model of eczema (atopic dermatitis). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Can Centella Asiatica Really Do for Red, Dry, Sensitive Skin?," 31 May 2019 Just like in adults, no one suffered ill effects and most saw their eczema improve. Ian Myles, CNN, "A possible new weapon against eczema: live bacteria," 17 May 2018 Skin conditions like eczema aren't the only health concern that can cause your under eye woes. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "7 Surprising Reasons You Have Under Eye Circles," 7 Dec. 2018 In fact, while eczema is often genetic, that could simply mean that someone in your family has a history of those allergies, rather than eczema specifically. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "The Most Common Skin Conditions, Explained," 15 June 2018 Skinfix has quite literally built its name on offering efficacious products that address a variety of skin concerns, including dryness and eczema. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Skinfix's Products Are Getting More Eco-Friendly Packaging — and Coming to Sephora," 19 Mar. 2019 My husband has even gotten into it, using it on his eczema-prone elbows and knees. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Aquaphor Is the Drugstore Cure-All You Never Knew You Needed," 8 Mar. 2019 Now research from a preliminary study shows promise in treating eczema with bacteria that occur naturally on healthy skin. Susan Kitchens, WSJ, "Bacteria May Offer New Hope for Treating Skin Disorders," 5 Feb. 2019 The bullying at Downe was so bad, apparently, that Kate developed eczema from the stress of it, her Marlborough house tutor, Joan Gall, told the Daily Mail. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Had to Change Schools When She Was 14 Because She Was Bullied," 29 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of eczema

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eczema

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

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The first known use of eczema was circa 1753

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eczema

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eczema

medical : a skin disease that causes areas of the skin to become red, rough, and itchy

eczema

noun
ec·​ze·​ma | \ ig-ˈzē-mə How to pronounce eczema (audio) , ˈeg-zə-mə, ˈek-sə-mə\

Kids Definition of eczema

: a skin disease in which the skin is red and itchy and has scaly or crusty patches

eczema

noun
ec·​ze·​ma | \ ig-ˈzē-mə How to pronounce eczema (audio) , ˈeg-zə-mə How to pronounce eczema (audio) , ˈek-sə- How to pronounce eczema (audio) \

Medical Definition of eczema

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

Other Words from eczema

eczematous \ ig-​ˈzem-​ət-​əs How to pronounce eczematous (audio) \ adjective

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