- abnormal redness of the skin due to local congestion, as in inflammation.
Origin of erythema
1760–70; < New Latin < Greek, equivalent to eryth(rós) red + -ēma noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for erythema
What remedies are commonly prescribed in erythema multiforme?
Exceptionally the lesions of erythema multiforme are also present.
The ear is the seat of frequent attacks of erythema, complicated by swelling.Pedagogical Anthropology
The varieties of erythema sometimes present in primary acute articular rheumatism have been observed in gonorrhoeal rheumatism.
This is supposed to indicate a relationship with erythema nodosum and multiforme.
- pathol redness of the skin, usually occurring in patches, caused by irritation or injury to the tissue
C18: from New Latin, from Greek eruthēma, from eruthros red
Word Origin and History for erythema
medical Latin, from Greek erithema, from erythainein "to become red," from erythros "red" (see red (1)). Related: Erythematous.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Redness of the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries, often a sign of inflammation or infection.