eczema

[ek-suh-muh, eg-zuh-, ig-zee-]
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Origin of eczema

1745–55; < New Latin < Greek ékzema, equivalent to ek- ec- + ze- (stem of zeîn to boil, ferment) + -ma noun suffix
Related formsec·zem·a·tous [ig-zem-uh-tuh s, -zee-muh-] /ɪgˈzɛm ə təs, -ˈzi mə-/, adjective
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Related Words for eczema

inflammation, rash, dermatitis, tetter

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British Dictionary definitions for eczema

eczema

noun
  1. pathol a skin inflammation with lesions that scale, crust, or ooze a serous fluid, often accompanied by intense itching or burning
Derived Formseczematous (ɛkˈsɛmətəs), adjective

Word Origin for eczema

C18: from New Latin, from Greek ekzema, from ek- out + zein to boil; see yeast
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Word Origin and History for eczema
n.

1753, from Greek ekzema, literally "something thrown out by heat," from ekzein "to boil out," from ek "out" (see ex-) + zema "boiling," from zein "to boil," from PIE root *yes- "to boil, foam, bubble" (see yeast). Said to have been the name given by ancient physicians to "any fiery pustule on the skin."

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eczema in Medicine

eczema

[ĕksə-mə, ĕgzə-]
n.
  1. An acute or chronic noncontagious inflammation of the skin, characterized chiefly by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge serous matter and become encrusted and scaly.
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eczema in Science

eczema

[ĕksə-mə]
  1. An acute or chronic noncontagious inflammation of the skin, often caused by allergy and characterized by itching, scaling, and blistering.
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