[ er-uh-thee-muh ]
/ ˌɛr əˈθi mə /

noun Pathology.

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


er·y·the·mat·ic [er-uh-thi-mat-ik] /ˌɛr ə θɪˈmæt ɪk/, er·y·them·a·tous [er-uh-them-uh-tuh s, ‐thee-muh‐] /ˌɛr əˈθɛm ə təs, ‐ˈθi mə‐/, er·y·the·mic, er·y·the·mal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for erythema

/ (ˌɛrɪˈθiːmə) /


pathol redness of the skin, usually occurring in patches, caused by irritation or injury to the tissue

Derived forms of erythema

erythematic (ˌɛrɪθɪˈmætɪk), erythematous (ˌɛrɪˈθiːmətəs) or erythemal, adjective

Word Origin for erythema

C18: from New Latin, from Greek eruthēma, from eruthros red
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Medical definitions for erythema

[ ĕr′ə-thēmə ]


Redness of the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries, often a sign of inflammation or infection.

Other words from erythema

er′y•thema•tous (-thĕmə-təs, -thēmə-) adj.
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