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[ er-uh-sip-uh-loid, eer-uh- ]
/ ˌɛr əˈsɪp əˌlɔɪd, ˌɪər ə- /

noun Pathology.

a disease of humans contracted by contact with the bacillus Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, which causes erysipelas in swine, characterized by a painful local ulcer, generally on one of the hands.

Nearby words

erymanthos, erymanthus, eryngium, eryngo, erysipelas, erysipeloid, erysipelothrix, erythema, erythema ab igne, erythema annulare, erythema annulare centrifugum

Origin of erysipeloid

First recorded in 1885–90; erysipel(as) + -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for erysipeloid


/ (ˌɛrɪˈsɪpɪˌlɔɪd) /


an infective dermatitis mainly affecting the hands, characterized by inflammation and caused by the microorganism Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae on contaminated meat, poultry, or fish: most prevalent among fishermen and butchers
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Medicine definitions for erysipeloid


[ ĕr′ĭ-sĭpə-loid′, îr′- ]


An infectious disease of the skin that is contracted by handling fish or meat infected with the bacterium Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae and characterized by red lesions on the hands.
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