eczema

[ ek-suh-muh, eg-zuh-, ig-zee- ]
/ ˈɛk sə mə, ˈɛg zə-, ɪgˈzi- /

noun Pathology.

an inflammatory condition of the skin attended with itching and the exudation of serous matter.

Origin of eczema

1745–55; < New Latin < Greek ékzema, equivalent to ek- ec- + ze- (stem of zeîn to boil, ferment) + -ma noun suffix

Related forms

ec·zem·a·tous [ig-zem-uh-tuh s, -zee-muh-] /ɪgˈzɛm ə təs, -ˈzi mə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for eczema

eczema

/ (ˈɛksɪmə, ɪɡˈziːmə) /

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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Medicine definitions for eczema

eczema

[ ĕksə-mə, ĕgzə- ]

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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Science definitions for eczema

eczema

[ ĕksə-mə ]

An acute or chronic noncontagious inflammation of the skin, often caused by allergy and characterized by itching, scaling, and blistering.
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