Saint Anthony's fire

noun Pathology. (formerly)
  1. any of certain skin conditions that are of an inflammatory or gangrenous nature, as erysipelas, hospital gangrene, or ergotism.

Origin of Saint Anthony's fire

First recorded in 1570–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for saint anthony's fire

Saint Anthony's fire

noun usually abbreviated to: St Anthony's fire
  1. 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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saint anthony's fire in Medicine

Saint Anthony's fire

[sānt ănthə-nēz]
  1. erysipelas
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