[ ur-ti-kair-ee-uh ]
/ ˌɜr tɪˈkɛər i ə /

noun Pathology.

a transient condition of the skin, usually caused by an allergic reaction, characterized by pale or reddened irregular, elevated patches and severe itching; hives.

Nearby words

  1. ursula,
  2. ursuline,
  3. urtext,
  4. urticaceous,
  5. urticant,
  6. urticaria endemica,
  7. urticaria medicamentosa,
  8. urticaria pigmentosa,
  9. urticarial,
  10. urticarial fever

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

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

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • 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
  • She also has other neurotic manifestations, especially of an urticarial character, that are equally interesting.

    Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for urticarial


/ (ˌɜːtɪˈkɛərɪə) /


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

Medicine definitions for urticarial


[ ûr′tĭ-kârē-əl ]


Relating to or marked by urticaria.


[ ûr′tĭ-kârē-ə ]


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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Science definitions for urticarial


[ ûr′tĭ-kârē-ə ]

See hives.
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