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Saint Anthony's fire

noun Pathology. (formerly)

any of certain skin conditions that are of an inflammatory or gangrenous nature, as erysipelas, hospital gangrene, or ergotism.


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Origin of Saint Anthony's fire

First recorded in 1570–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for saint anthony's fire

Saint Anthony's fire

noun usually abbreviated to: St Anthony's fire

pathol another name for ergotism, erysipelas

Word Origin for Saint Anthony's fire

C16: so named because praying to St Anthony was believed to effect a cure
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Medicine definitions for saint anthony's fire

Saint Anthony's fire

[ sānt ănthə-nēz ]


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