Origin of erythema

1760–70; < New Latin < Greek, equivalent to eryth(rós) red + -ēma noun suffix
Related formser·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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for erythemic


  1. pathol redness of the skin, usually occurring in patches, caused by irritation or injury to the tissue
Derived Formserythematic (ˌɛrɪθɪˈmætɪk), erythematous (ˌɛrɪˈθiːmətəs) or erythemal, adjective

Word Origin for erythema

C18: from New Latin, from Greek eruthēma, from eruthros red
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Word Origin and History for erythemic



medical Latin, from Greek erithema, from erythainein "to become red," from erythros "red" (see red (1)). Related: Erythematous.

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erythemic in Medicine


  1. Redness of the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries, often a sign of inflammation or infection.
Related formser′y•thema•tous (-thĕmə-təs, -thēmə-) adj.
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