erythema migrans

noun

erythema mi·​grans -ˈmī-grənz How to pronounce erythema migrans (audio)
variants or erythema chronicum migrans
: a red spreading annular skin lesion that is an early symptom of Lyme disease and that develops at the site of the bite of a tick (such as the deer tick) infected with the causative spirochete

Examples of erythema migrans in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blood tests are also only about 50 percent accurate, even in patients with the telltale bullseye rash (erythema migrans), further complicating the treatment process. Jennifer Sala, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2022 In the early 1990s, researchers realized its bite could cause a roundish, gradually spreading mottled red rash that was a virtual ringer for the erythema migrans (EM) rash, the classic signature of Lyme disease in the Northeast. Wendy Orent, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2013 Adult Male Bite: Both females and males frequently bite people and animals, causing a bull's eye, or erythema migrans, rash, and both nymphal and adult ticks are associated with the transmission of pathogens to humans. Wendy Orent, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2013 Infection results in fever, headache, fatigue and, in many cases, a distinctive oval rash called an erythema migrans. Jeff Wheelwright, Discover Magazine, 17 Jan. 2014 In 70-80% of cases, the CDC also reports that people will experience an erythema migrans (EM) rash—a rash that typically in a bulls-eye shape, feels warm to the touch, and gradually expands over the course of a few days. Maggie O'Neill, Health.com, 8 Sep. 2020 That’s especially true if patients don’t have the bullseye rash— known medically as erythema migrans—characteristic of Lyme disease. Carrie Arnold, Popular Science, 28 June 2020 Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 8 Jan. 2020 Then, an ecologist doing field studies saved the tick that bit him where an erythema migrans formed. Allen Steere, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, literally, (chronic) migrating erythema

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of erythema migrans was in 1979

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Cite this Entry

“Erythema migrans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erythema%20migrans. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

erythema migrans

noun
: a spreading annular erythematous skin lesion that is an early symptom of Lyme disease and that develops at the site of the bite of a tick (as the deer tick) infected with the causative spirochete

called also erythema chronicum migrans

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