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noun Pathology.
  1. an inflammatory disease of the skin, located about the sweat glands, marked by the formation of vesicles or papules resembling millet seeds; prickly heat.
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Origin of miliaria

1700–10; < New Latin miliāria, Latin: feminine of miliārius miliary
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Examples from the Web for miliaria

Historical Examples

  • The miliaria or milestones were perfect stone cylinders about 3½ feet high, on bases.

    The Paladins of Edwin the Great

    Clements R. Markham

  • It has been observed in the later stages of phthisis, in miliaria, and in those who have eaten of putrid fish.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • You may depend on it that the bunting, Emberiza miliaria, does not leave this county in the winter.

British Dictionary definitions for miliaria


  1. an acute itching eruption of the skin, caused by blockage of the sweat glandsNontechnical names: heat rash, prickly heat
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Latin miliārius miliary
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miliaria in Medicine


  1. heat rash
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