or phlyc·tae·na


Origin of phlyctena

1685–95; < New Latin, variant of phlyctaena < Greek phlýktaina a blister, akin to phlýein, phlýzein to swell, boil over Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for phlyctena



noun plural -nae (-niː)
  1. pathol a small blister, vesicle, or pustule

Word Origin for phlyctena

C17: via New Latin from Greek phluktaina, from phluzein to swell
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phlyctena in Medicine


n. pl. phlyc•te•nae (-nē)
  1. A small blister or vesicle, especially one of multiple blisters caused by a mild burn.
Related formsphlycten′ar (flĭktĕn′ər) adj.
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