from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An infectious disease of the skin that is contracted by handling fish or meat infected with the bacterium Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae and characterized by red lesions on the hands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a usually self-limiting cellulitis of the hand somewhat resembling erysipelas, caused by the bacterium Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. It may start at the site of a wound obtained while handling meat or fish, and may occasionally become generalizd with protracted illness and severe toxemia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chronic inflammation of the skin resembling erysipelas, occurring sometimes in persons who have been brought into contact with the skins of wild animals, either living or recently dead.
- Resembling erysipelas.
erysipel(as) + -oid.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(_erysipeloid_) observed on the fingers and hands of butchers, etc., starting from a wound, apparently as a result of infection from putrid meat or fish.