noun Pathology.
  1. 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; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin urtīc(a) nettle + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary
Related formsur·ti·car·i·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for urticarial

Historical Examples of urticarial

  • He says nothing of de Mussy's recognition of the urticarial nature of the lesion in hay fever.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever

    George Frederick Laidlaw

  • The mucous membrane of the mouth and throat may also be the seat of wheals and urticarial swellings.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • Usually erythematous, but may be urticarial, erythemato-papular, and even purpuric.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • She also has other neurotic manifestations, especially of an urticarial character, that are equally interesting.


    James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for urticarial


  1. a skin condition characterized by the formation of itchy red or whitish raised patches, usually caused by an allergyNontechnical names: hives, nettle rash
Derived Formsurticarial or urticarious, adjective

Word Origin for urticaria

C18: from New Latin, from Latin urtīca nettle
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Word Origin and History for urticarial



medical Latin, from Latin urtica "nettle," from urere "to burn." The native name is nettle-rash.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

urticarial in Medicine


  1. Relating to or marked by urticaria.


  1. 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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urticarial in Science


  1. See hives.
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