[ ek-thuh-muh, ek-thahy- ]
/ ˈɛk θə mə, ɛkˈθaɪ- /

noun Veterinary Pathology.

a contagious viral disease of sheep and goats and occasionally of humans, marked by vesicular and pustular lesions on the lips.

Origin of ecthyma

1825–35; < Greek ékthȳma pustule, equivalent to ek- ec- + thȳ́(ein) to be angry + -ma noun suffix
Also called contagious ecthyma, sore mouth.

Related forms

ec·thym·a·tous [ek-thim-uh-tuh s, -thahy-muh-] /ɛkˈθɪm ə təs, -ˈθaɪ mə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ecthyma


/ (ˈɛkθɪmə) /


pathol a local inflammation of the skin characterized by flat ulcerating pustules

Word Origin for ecthyma

C19: from New Latin, from Greek ekthuma pustule, from ekthuein to break out, from ek- out + thuein to seethe
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Medicine definitions for ecthyma


[ ĕk-thīmə ]


A pyogenic infection of the skin due to staphylococci or streptococci and characterized by adherent crusts beneath which ulceration occurs.
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