\ ˈhīvz How to pronounce hives (audio) \

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 Other symptoms that could arise include hives, swelling, confusion, and blue coloring of the skin. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 18 Dec. 2021 The property also offers their own olive oil, jam from their orchards, and honey from their hives. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Symptoms include itching, pain, swelling, hives, and difficulty breathing, and often occur 20 or 39 minutes after contact. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Hieroglyphs from tombs dating back 2,600 years show a man kneeling in front of a row of hives with his hands outstretched in praise. Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2021 Most of the products are made from products grown on the 630-acre property, including olive oil, mushroom broth, marmalade and granola and honey from onsite hives. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Revere Honey is locally harvested, including from hives adjacent to the garden on Towpath Rd. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 Over at Honey House, fourth-generation beekeeper Luka Krevs sells 100 percent pure Slovenian honey from hives on his own farm, and from local beekeeping friends who still produce honey in the traditional way. Nicola Leigh Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2021 Some of the more common symptoms include a variety of skin reactions, including hives and swelling. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 14 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of hives

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hives

origin unknown

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“Hives.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hives. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for hives

hives

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hives

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

hives

noun
\ ˈhīvz How to pronounce hives (audio) \

Kids Definition of hives

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

hives

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
\ ˈhīvz How to pronounce hives (audio) \

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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