erysipelas

noun
ery·​sip·​e·​las | \ ˌer-ə-ˈsi-p(ə-)ləs How to pronounce erysipelas (audio) , 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

First Known Use of erysipelas

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erysipelas. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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erysipelas

noun
er·​y·​sip·​e·​las | \ ˌer-ə-ˈsip-(ə-)ləs, ˌir- How to pronounce erysipelas (audio) \

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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