toxic epidermal necrolysis
- A life-threatening, exfoliative mucocutaneous disease in which much of the skin becomes intensely red, blisters, and peels off in the manner of a second-degree burn. It is thought to be an idiosyncratic reaction to a drug or other chemical agent.
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