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[er-uh-sip-uh-luh s, eer-uh-] /ˌɛr əˈsɪp ə ləs, ˌɪər ə-/
Pathology. an acute, febrile infectious disease, caused by a specific streptococcus, characterized by diffusely spreading deep-red inflammation of the skin or mucous membranes.
Also called swine erysipelas. Veterinary Pathology. a disease of swine, caused by the organism Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, characterized by urticaria, vegetative endocarditis, arthritis, and sometimes septicemia.
1350-1400; Middle English erisipila < Latin erysipelas < Greek, equivalent to erysi- (probably akin to erythrós red) + -pelas probably skin (akin to pélma sole of the foot; compare Latin pellis skin)
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[er-uh-si-pel-uh-tuh s, eer-] /ˌɛr ə sɪˈpɛl ə təs, ˌɪər-/ (Show IPA),
pseudoerysipelatous, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for erysipelas


an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, esp on the face Also called Saint Anthony's fire
Derived Forms
erysipelatous (ˌɛrɪsɪˈpɛlətəs) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek erusipelas, from Greek erusi- red + -pelas skin
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Word Origin and History for erysipelas

late 14c., skin disease also known as St. Anthony's Fire, from Greek erysipelas, perhaps from erythros "red" (see red (1)) + pella "skin" (see film (n.)).

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erysipelas in Medicine

erysipelas er·y·sip·e·las (ěr'ĭ-sĭp'ə-ləs, ēr'-)
An acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a hemolytic bacterium and marked by localized inflammation and fever. Also called Saint Anthony's fire.

er'y·si·pel'a·tous (-sĭ-pěl'ə-təs) adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for erysipelas

contagious infection of the skin and underlying tissue, caused by group A B-hemolytic streptococcus bacteria. Erysipelas causes affected areas of skin to turn bright red and become slightly swollen. The swollen blotches have a distinct border and slowly expand into the surrounding skin. The lesions are most commonly seen on the face, scalp, hands, and legs. They feel hot to the touch and the patient is feverish.

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