- an inflammatory condition of the skin attended with itching and the exudation of serous matter.
Origin of eczema
Examples from the Web for eczema
Others say that she has eczema and dare not show her face, while others say she is mad.The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
What is to be said about the use of soap and water in eczema?
How would you exclude ringworm in a suspected case of eczema?
Eczema may be due to constitutional or local causes, or to both.
The hemorrhages are absorbed and the eczema heals within a few days.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
- pathol a skin inflammation with lesions that scale, crust, or ooze a serous fluid, often accompanied by intense itching or burning
Word Origin and History for eczema
1753, from Greek ekzema, literally "something thrown out by heat," from ekzein "to boil out," from ek "out" (see ex-) + zema "boiling," from zein "to boil," from PIE root *yes- "to boil, foam, bubble" (see yeast). Said to have been the name given by ancient physicians to "any fiery pustule on the skin."
- An acute or chronic noncontagious inflammation of the skin, characterized chiefly by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge serous matter and become encrusted and scaly.
- An acute or chronic noncontagious inflammation of the skin, often caused by allergy and characterized by itching, scaling, and blistering.