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)


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