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Definition of hives

: an allergic disorder marked by raised edematous patches of skin or mucous membrane and usually intense itching and caused by contact with a specific precipitating factor (such as a food, drug, or inhalant) either externally or internally

called also urticaria

Examples of hives in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Common symptoms include hives, shortness of breath, and low blood pressure. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Two People Had Severe Allergic Reactions To The COVID Vaccine — Here’s What That Really Means," 10 Dec. 2020 Many of the surviving hives depleted their stores of honey in the weeks the bees spent hunkered down as fires raged outside. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Wildfires deal another blow to Northern California’s fragile bee populations," 28 Nov. 2020 Bees work hard to keep their hives clean and to remove parasites and pathogens from their colonies. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Giant hornets on the attack? Try a little water buffalo poop," 9 Dec. 2020 These predators pick off individual bees, but also stage group invasions of hives. Douglas Main, Animals, "Honeybees found using tools, in a first—to repel giant hornet attacks," 9 Dec. 2020 But of the 67 remaining beekeepers, who kept Eastern honeybees, 63 of them reported spots on the front of their hives. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Honeybees use poop to ward off those terrifying murder hornets," 9 Dec. 2020 But the world’s largest hornet, which measures two inches long, can destroy entire hives of honeybees. Editors, USA TODAY, "'60 Minutes' Trump interview, Obama campaigns for Biden, Big Ten football returns: 5 things to know this weekend," 24 Oct. 2020 Murder hornets' attacks on honeybee hives tend to increase around this time of the year, said Sven-Erik Spichiger, a department entomologist, during a virtual news conference Friday. NBC News, "Murder-hornet sightings in Washington prompt search for nest before they 'slaughter' honeybees," 3 Oct. 2020 Perhaps cities could limit the number of hives in one area, which would reduce competition for food between species and limit the spread of pathogens. Jennifer Clare Ball, Wired, "Why Some Ecologists Worry About Rooftop Honey Bee Programs," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hives

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hives

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“Hives.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hives. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for hives

hives

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of hives

medicine : a condition in which an area of your skin becomes red and itchy

hives

noun
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Kids Definition of hives

: an allergic condition in which the skin breaks out in large red itching patches

hives

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
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Medical Definition of hives

: an allergic disorder marked by raised edematous red patches of skin or mucous membrane and usually by intense itching and caused by contact with a specific precipitating factor (as a food, drug, or inhalant) either externally or internally

called also urticaria

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