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[ek-thuh-muh, ek-thahy-] /ˈɛk θə mə, ɛkˈθaɪ-/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
a contagious viral disease of sheep and goats and occasionally of humans, marked by vesicular and pustular lesions on the lips.
Also called contagious ecthyma, sore mouth.
Origin of ecthyma
1825-35; < Greek ékthȳma pustule, equivalent to ek- ec- + thȳ́(ein) to be angry + -ma noun suffix
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[ek-thim-uh-tuh s, -thahy-muh-] /ɛkˈθɪm ə təs, -ˈθaɪ mə-/ (Show IPA),
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(pathol) a local inflammation of the skin characterized by flat ulcerating pustules
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek ekthuma pustule, from ekthuein to break out, from ek- out + thuein to seethe
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ecthyma in Medicine

ecthyma ec·thy·ma (ěk-thī'mə)
A pyogenic infection of the skin due to staphylococci or streptococci and characterized by adherent crusts beneath which ulceration occurs.

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