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[ek-suh-muh, eg-zuh-, ig-zee-] /ˈɛk sə mə, ˈɛg zə-, ɪgˈzi-/
noun, Pathology.
an inflammatory condition of the skin attended with itching and the exudation of serous matter.
Origin of eczema
1745-55; < New Latin < Greek ékzema, equivalent to ek- ec- + ze- (stem of zeîn to boil, ferment) + -ma noun suffix
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[ig-zem-uh-tuh s, -zee-muh-] /ɪgˈzɛm ə təs, -ˈzi mə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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/ˈɛksɪmə; ɪɡˈziːmə/
(pathol) a skin inflammation with lesions that scale, crust, or ooze a serous fluid, often accompanied by intense itching or burning
Derived Forms
eczematous (ɛkˈsɛmətəs) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek ekzema, from ek- out + zein to boil; see yeast
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Word Origin and History for eczematous



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."

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eczematous in Medicine

eczematous ec·zem·a·tous (ěg-zěm'ə-təs, -zē'mə-, ĭg-)
Of, marked by, or resembling eczema.

eczema ec·ze·ma (ěk'sə-mə, ěg'zə-, ĭg-zē'-)
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.

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eczematous in Science
An acute or chronic noncontagious inflammation of the skin, often caused by allergy and characterized by itching, scaling, and blistering.
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