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dermatographia

[der-mat-uh-graf-ee-uh, dur-muh-tuh-] /dərˌmæt əˈgræf i ə, ˌdɜr mə tə-/
noun, Medicine/Medical.
1.
a condition in which touching or lightly scratching the skin causes raised, reddish marks.
Also, dermatographism
[dur-muh-tog-ruh-fiz-uh m] /ˌdɜr məˈtɒg rəˌfɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
dermographia, dermographism.
Origin of dermatographia
1850-1855
From New Latin, dating back to 1850-55; See origin at dermato-, -graphy
Related forms
dermatographic, adjective
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dermatographism in Medicine

dermatographism der·ma·tog·ra·phism (dûr'mə-tŏg'rə-fĭz'əm)
n.
A form of urticaria in which skin welts develop along the lines where one has been stroked or scratched. Also called dermographia, dermographism.

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