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[er-uh-thee-muh] /ˌɛr əˈθi mə/
noun, Pathology
abnormal redness of the skin due to local congestion, as in inflammation.
Origin of erythema
1760-70; < New Latin < Greek, equivalent to eryth(rós) red + -ēma noun suffix
Related forms
[er-uh-thi-mat-ik] /ˌɛr ə θɪˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[er-uh-them-uh-tuh s, ‐thee-muh‐] /ˌɛr əˈθɛm ə təs, ‐ˈθi mə‐/ (Show IPA),
erythemic, erythemal, adjective Unabridged
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  • His skin was as gray as wet concrete, except for the radiation erythema inflaming the skin around his eyes and nose.
British Dictionary definitions for erythema


(pathol) redness of the skin, usually occurring in patches, caused by irritation or injury to the tissue
Derived Forms
erythematic (ˌɛrɪθɪˈmætɪk), erythematous (ˌɛrɪˈθiːmətəs), erythemal, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek eruthēma, from eruthros red
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Word Origin and History for erythema

medical Latin, from Greek erithema, from erythainein "to become red," from erythros "red" (see red (1)). Related: Erythematous.

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erythema in Medicine

erythema er·y·the·ma (ěr'ə-thē'mə)
Redness of the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries, often a sign of inflammation or infection.

er'y·them'a·tous (-thěm'ə-təs, -thē'mə-) adj.
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