eczema

noun ec·ze·ma \ ig-ˈzē-mə , ˈeg-zə-mə , ˈek-sə- \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of eczema

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

eczematous

play \ig-ˈze-mə-təs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of eczema

New Latin, from Greek ekzema, from ekzein to erupt, from ex- out + zein to boil — more at ex-, yeast


ECZEMA Defined for English Language Learners

eczema

noun

Definition of eczema for English Language Learners

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


ECZEMA Defined for Kids

eczema

noun ec·ze·ma \ ig-ˈzē-mə , ˈeg-zə-mə , ˈek-sə-mə \

Definition of eczema for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

eczema

noun ec·ze·ma \ ig-ˈzē-mə , ˈeg-zə-mə , ˈek-sə- \

medical Definition of eczema

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

eczematous

play \ig-ˈzem-ət-əs\ adjective


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