- 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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- pathol redness of the skin, usually occurring in patches, caused by irritation or injury to the tissue
Word Origin for erythema
C18: from New Latin, from Greek eruthēma, from eruthros red
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medical Latin, from Greek erithema, from erythainein "to become red," from erythros "red" (see red (1)). Related: Erythematous.
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- Redness of the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries, often a sign of inflammation or infection.
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