erythema

noun
er·​y·​the·​ma | \ˌer-ə-ˈthē-mə \

Definition of erythema 

: abnormal redness of the skin or mucous membranes due to capillary congestion (as in inflammation)

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Other Words from erythema

erythematous \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈthe-​mə-​təs \ adjective

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Each year, the CDC receives reports of nearly 30,000 cases of this illness, which can cause fever, headache, fatigue and a bulls-eye rash known as erythema migrans. Susan Scutti, CNN, "What you need to know about ticks," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of erythema

circa 1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for erythema

New Latin, from Greek erythēma, from erythainein to redden, from erythros

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The first known use of erythema was circa 1783

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erythema

noun
er·​y·​the·​ma | \ˌer-ə-ˈthē-mə \

Medical Definition of erythema 

: abnormal redness of the skin or mucous membranes due to capillary congestion (as in inflammation)

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