erysipelas

noun ery·sip·e·las \ ˌer-ə-ˈsi-p(ə-)ləs , ˌir- \

Definition of erysipelas

: an acute febrile disease associated with intense edematous local inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues caused by a hemolytic streptococcus

Origin and Etymology of erysipelas

Middle English erisipila, from Latin erysipelas, from Greek, from erysi- (probably akin to Greek erythros red) + -pelas (probably akin to Latin pellis skin) — more at red, fell


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erysipelas

noun er·y·sip·e·las \ ˌer-ə-ˈsip-(ə-)ləs, ˌir- \

medical Definition of erysipelas

1 : an acute febrile disease that is associated with intense often vesicular and edematous local inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues and that is caused by a hemolytic streptococcus
2 : swine erysipelas used especially when the disease affects hosts other than swine

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