Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Redness of the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries, often a sign of inflammation or infection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Abnormal redness and inflammation of the skin, due to vasodilation.
  • n. Skin redness from sunburn or chemical irritation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A disease of the skin, in which a diffused inflammation forms rose-colored patches of variable size.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A superficial redness of some portion of the skin; specifically, in pathology, such a redness, varying in extent and form, which may be attended with more general disorder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abnormal redness of the skin resulting from dilation of blood vessels (as in sunburn or inflammation)

Etymologies

Greek eruthēma, from eruthainein, to redden, be red, from eruthros, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἐρύθημα (erythema, "a redness or flush on the skin"), from ..., from ἐρυθρός (erythrós, "red") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Crocker remarks that they are generally classified as erythema gangrænosurn, and are always to be regarded with grave suspicion of being self-induced.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Crocker remarks that they are generally classified as erythema gangraenosum, and are always to be regarded with grave suspicion of being self-induced.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Technically, this condition is called erythema ab igne.

    Gizmodo

  • The fifth illness on the list was something called erythema infectiosum, and the designation "fifth disease" stuck with it.

    news | SH | http://www.heraldtribune.com

  • The exposure necessary to produce some biological effect, such as erythema (skin reddening), at each wavelength in the UV spectral region is given by an action spectrum.

    Introduction to Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation in the Arctic

  • The lesions simulated are usually inflammatory in character, such as erythema, vesicular and bullous eruptions, and ulceration of the skin.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

  • Centers for Disease Control, Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, objective physical findings (such as erythema migrans, facial palsy, or arthritis), and a history of possible exposure to infected ticks.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • According to the [[Centers for Disease Control]], Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, objective physical findings (such as erythema migrans, facial palsy, or arthritis), and a history of possible exposure to infected ticks.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • The hydrogen ion causes coagulation of surface tissue, which eventually appears as a grayish white area surrounded by erythema. 16 Fluoride ions freely penetrate the skin and continue into deeper tissues, causing cellular death and liquifaction necrosis of soft tissue. 22,15 Neutralization of fluoride ions occurs when fluoride complexes with calcium and other divalent cations in the tissues, forming an insoluble salt.

    Hydrofluoric Acid

  • A 57 year old male presented to his private physician with severe pain and erythema of the distal portions of several fingers on both hands.

    Hydrofluoric Acid

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  • Good idea. Consider it added.

    What, the e-mailer had a heart erythema? ;-)

    January 23, 2010

  • Reesetee, perhaps an entry for your "Worse Than They Sound" list?

    I think someone just sent me an email with this word in it, but they really meant to type arrhythmia.

    January 23, 2010