from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disease, especially common among children, sometimes associated with intestinal disturbances and characterized by a papular eruption of the skin. Also called red gum2.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See red-gum, 1.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A papular eruption upon the skin, peculiar to infants, exhibiting a variety of forms, known popularly as red-gum, white-gum, tooth-rash, etc.
New Latin, from Greek strophos, twisted cord, from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)