- a contagious viral disease of sheep and goats and occasionally of humans, marked by vesicular and pustular lesions on the lips.
Origin of ecthyma
1825–35; < Greek ékthȳma pustule, equivalent to ek- ec- + thȳ́(ein) to be angry + -ma noun suffix
Also called contagious ecthyma, sore mouth.
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Examples from the Web for ecthyma
In ecthyma the pustules are generally of the size of a split pea, and surrounded at their base by a broad halo of redness.
How would you differentiate the large flat-pustular syphiloderm from ecthyma?Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Yet these cases were discriminated from smallpox; they were diagnosed, and have been recorded, as an epidemic of ecthyma.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)
- pathol a local inflammation of the skin characterized by flat ulcerating pustules
C19: from New Latin, from Greek ekthuma pustule, from ekthuein to break out, from ek- out + thuein to seethe
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- A pyogenic infection of the skin due to staphylococci or streptococci and characterized by adherent crusts beneath which ulceration occurs.
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