Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chronic disease marked by repeated attacks of dermatitis of erysipelatous form, with more or less phlebitis, lymphangitis, and lymphadenitis, accompanied and followed by hypertrophy and infiltration of the skin and subjacent tissues. The legs, scrotum, and labia are most frequently affected, and they may reach an enormous size, being hard and either smooth or warty. A discharge of lymph is frequent. The Filaria sanguinis-hominis seems to be the cause of at least some of the forms. Also called elephantiasis Arabum, bucnemia, Barbados leg, spargosis, and elephantopus.
- n. medicine Elephantiasis.
- n. medicine Increased resistance of the red cells in anemia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) Same as pachyderma.
- Ancient Greek παχύς (pakhus, "thick") + Ancient Greek δέρμα (derma, "skin, hide"). (Wiktionary)
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