Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An irritable condition of the skin in which a raised line follows the drawing of a hard-pointed instrument across it.
“She uses a blunt knitting needle to trace her art works and the condition, dermatographia, means her skin swells up in five minutes.”
“Miss Russell, who lives in New York, said she did not even realise she had dermatographia until a doctor diagnosed the condition five years ago, but she had already become interested in using skin as art.”
“I have dermatographia, a condition in which one’s immune system releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear lasting about thirty minutes when the hypersensitive skin’s surface is lightly scratched.”
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