anthema

[ an-thee-muh, an-thuh- ]
/ ænˈθi mə, ˈæn θə- /

noun, plural an·the·ma·ta [an-thee-muh-tuh, -them-uh-tuh], /ænˈθi mə tə, -ˈθɛm ə tə/, an·the·mas.Pathology.

an eruption of the skin.

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Origin of anthema

<Greek ánthēma efflorescence, equivalent to ánthē, verbid stem of antheîn to bloom (see antho-) + -ma noun suffix of result
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