noun Pathology.

inflammation of the skin.

Origin of dermatitis

First recorded in 1875–80; dermat- + -itis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for dermatitis

eruption, eczema, psoriasis, scab, scabies, inflammation, rash, tetter

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British Dictionary definitions for dermatitis



inflammation of the skin
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Word Origin and History for dermatitis

1876; see dermato- + -itis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dermatitis in Medicine



n. pl. der•ma•ti•tis•es

Inflammation of the skin.
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dermatitis in Culture



An inflammation of the skin. Itching and redness are the basic symptoms of dermatitis, which has a variety of causes, including allergies and exposure of the skin to irritants, such as chemicals or sunlight.

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