[ ek-thuh-muh, ek-thahy- ]
/ ˈɛk θə mə, ɛkˈθaɪ- /
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noun Veterinary Pathology.

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



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Also called contagious ecthyma, sore mouth.

Origin of ecthyma

1825–35; <Greek ékthȳma pustule, equivalent to ek-ec- + thȳ́(ein) to be angry + -ma noun suffix
ec·thym·a·tous [ek-thim-uh-tuhs, -thahy-muh-], /ɛkˈθɪm ə təs, -ˈθaɪ mə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ecthyma

/ (ˈɛkθɪmə) /


pathol a local inflammation of the skin characterized by flat ulcerating pustules
C19: from New Latin, from Greek ekthuma pustule, from ekthuein to break out, from ek- out + thuein to seethe
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Medical 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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