|Also called: Saint Anthony's fire an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, esp on the face|
|[C16: from Latin, from Greek erusipelas, from Greek erusi- red + -pelas skin]|
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.