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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)Pathology.
any of various eruptive conditions of the skin, as the wheals of urticaria.
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Origin of hives

1490–1500; originally Scots; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for hives

hives
/ (haɪvz) /

noun
(functioning as singular or plural) pathol a nontechnical name for urticaria

Word Origin for hives

C16: of uncertain origin
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Medical definitions for hives

hives
[ hīvz ]

pl.n.
urticaria
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Scientific definitions for hives

hives
[ hīvz ]

A skin condition characterized by transient, itching welts, usually resulting from an allergic reaction.
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Cultural definitions for hives

hives

A condition characterized by the sudden appearance of red, raised areas on the skin that itch severely. Hives may be caused by an allergic reaction (see allergy) to foods or other substances.

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