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[mil-ee-er-ee, mil-yuh-ree]
  1. resembling millet seeds.
  2. Pathology. accompanied by papules or vesicles resembling millet seeds: miliary fever.
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Origin of miliary

1675–85; < Latin miliārius of millet, equivalent to mili(um) millet + -ārius -ary
Related formssub·mil·i·ar·y, adjective
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  1. resembling or relating to millet seeds
  2. (of a disease or skin eruption) characterized by small lesions resembling millet seedsmiliary tuberculosis
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin miliārius, from milium millet
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miliary in Medicine


  1. Having the appearance of grains derived from haylike millet grass.
  2. Characterized by the presence of small skin lesions that have the size and appearance of millet seeds.
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