[ mil-ee-er-ee, mil-yuh-ree ]
/ ˈmɪl iˌɛr i, ˈmɪl yə ri /


resembling millet seeds.
Pathology. accompanied by papules or vesicles resembling millet seeds: miliary fever.

Origin of miliary

1675–85; < Latin miliārius of millet, equivalent to mili(um) millet + -ārius -ary

Related forms

sub·mil·i·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for miliary


/ (ˈmɪljərɪ) /


resembling or relating to millet seeds
(of a disease or skin eruption) characterized by small lesions resembling millet seedsmiliary tuberculosis

Word Origin for miliary

C17: from Latin miliārius, from milium millet
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Medicine definitions for miliary


[ mĭlē-ĕr′ē ]


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