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eczema

[ ek-suh-muh, eg-zuh-, ig-zee- ]
/ ˈɛk sə mə, ˈɛg zə-, ɪgˈzi- /
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noun Pathology.
an inflammatory condition of the skin attended with itching and the exudation of serous matter.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM eczema

ec·zem·a·tous [ig-zem-uh-tuhs, -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 of eczema

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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Scientific 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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