a transient condition of the skin, usually caused by an allergic reaction, characterized by pale or reddened irregular, elevated patches and severe itching; hives.
Origin of urticaria
1765–75;Related formsur·ti·car·i·al, adjective
< New Latin,
equivalent to Latin urtīc(a
) nettle + -āria,
feminine of -ārius -ary
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Examples from the Web for urticaria
Historical Examples of urticaria
And a hive (or urticaria or angioneurotic œdema) is not an inflammation.
I gave her four powders more, and no appearance of urticaria since.
Pruritus is sometimes accompanied by urticaria, and the irritation caused by the friction of the skin may set up an eczema.
Itching in the face as from urticaria, smooth red spots come out on the face.
Besides curing the urticaria the patient's health is in every way improving.
British Dictionary definitions for urticaria
Derived Formsurticarial or urticarious, adjective
a skin condition characterized by the formation of itchy red or whitish raised patches, usually caused by an allergyNontechnical names: hives, nettle rash
Word Origin for urticaria
C18: from New Latin, from Latin urtīca nettle
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Word Origin and History for urticaria
medical Latin, from Latin urtica "nettle," from urere "to burn." The native name is nettle-rash.
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A skin condition characterized by welts that itch intensely, caused by an allergic reaction, an infection, or a nervous condition.hives nettle rash
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