hives

[ hahyvz ]
/ haɪvz /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Pathology.

any of various eruptive conditions of the skin, as the wheals of urticaria.

Origin of hives

1490–1500; orig. Scots; of obscure origin

Definition for hives (2 of 2)

Origin of hive

before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳf; akin to Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa vat

OTHER WORDS FROM hive

hive·less, adjectivehive·like, adjectivehiv·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hives (1 of 2)

hives
/ (haɪvz) /

noun

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

Word Origin for hives

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for hives (2 of 2)

hive
/ (haɪv) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of hive

hivelike, adjective

Word Origin for hive

Old English hӯf; related to Westphalian hüwe, Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa barrel, Greek kupē, Sanskrit kūpa cave
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Medicine definitions for hives

hives
[ hīvz ]

pl.n.

urticaria
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Science definitions for hives

hives
[ hīvz ]

A skin condition characterized by transient, itching welts, usually resulting from an allergic reaction.
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Culture 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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