[er-uh-sip-uh-luh s, eer-uh-]
- Pathology. an acute, febrile infectious disease, caused by a specific streptococcus, characterized by diffusely spreading deep-red inflammation of the skin or mucous membranes.
- Also called swine erysipelas. Veterinary Pathology. a disease of swine, caused by the organism Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, characterized by urticaria, vegetative endocarditis, arthritis, and sometimes septicemia.
Origin of erysipelas
1350–1400; Middle English erisipila < Latin erysipelas < Greek, equivalent to erysi- (probably akin to erythrós red) + -pelas probably skin (akin to pélma sole of the foot; compare Latin pellis skin)
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Examples from the Web for erysipelas
His injuries about the head are so severe the doctors are in dread of erysipelas.'Lord Kilgobbin
Erysipelas, that terrible malady of the Middle Ages, consumed her.En Route
J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
One is so afraid of erysipelas with a wound of that kind; and it would be—fatal.Captain Desmond, V.C.
Erysipelas in pregnancy is rare, but not infrequent after delivery.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
We have Erysipelas, fever and gangrene, and the Russian wounded are the worst.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
- an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, esp on the faceAlso called: Saint Anthony's fire
C16: from Latin, from Greek erusipelas, from Greek erusi- red + -pelas skin
Word Origin and History for erysipelas
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a hemolytic bacterium and marked by localized inflammation and fever.Saint Anthony's fire