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Saint Anthony's fire

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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
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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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