eczema [ ek-s uh-m uh, eg-z uh-, ig- zee-] noun . Pathology an inflammatory condition of the skin attended with itching and the exudation of serous matter. Origin of eczema 1745–55;
to boil, ferment) +
Related forms ec·zem·a·tous , [ig- zem- uh-t uh s, - zee-m uh-] /ɪgˈzɛm ə təs, -ˈzi mə-/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for eczema Historical Examples of eczema British Dictionary definitions for eczema noun pathol a skin inflammation with lesions that scale, crust, or ooze a serous fluid, often accompanied by intense itching or burning Derived Forms eczematous ( 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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n. 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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An acute or chronic noncontagious inflammation of the skin, often caused by allergy and characterized by itching, scaling, and blistering.
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