[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. ectasia,
  2. ectatic,
  3. ectental,
  4. ectethmoid,
  5. ecthlipsis,
  6. ecto-,
  7. ectoantigen,
  8. ectoblast,
  9. ectocardia,
  10. ectocervix

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 formsec·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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