from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A noncontagious inflammation of the skin, characterized chiefly by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge serous matter and become encrusted and scaly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An acute or chronic inflammation of the skin, characterized by redness, itching, and the outbreak of oozing vesicular lesions which become encrusted and scaly. It is noncontagious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inflammatory disease of the skin, characterized by the presence of redness and itching, an eruption of small vesicles, and the discharge of a watery exudation, which often dries up, leaving the skin covered with crusts; -- called also tetter, milk crust, and salt rheum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inflammation of the skin attended with considerable exudation of lymph.
- n. Acute eczema when the color of the skin is very red.
- n. Pityriasis rubra.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages
New Latin, from Greek ekzema, from ekzein, to break out, boil over : ek-, out; see ecto- + zein, to boil; see yes- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἔκζεμα (ekzema), from ἐκ (ek, "out of, forth from") + ζέμα (zema, "that which is boiled, decoction"), from ζέω (zeo, "to boil, to seethe"). (Wiktionary)