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[eg-zan-thuh m, ig-, ek-san-] /ɛgˈzæn θəm, ɪg-, ɛkˈsæn-/
noun, Pathology
an eruptive disease, especially one attended with fever, as smallpox or measles.
Origin of exanthem
1650-60; < Late Latin exanthēma < Greek exánthēma skin eruption, breaking forth, literally, a bursting into flower, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + anthē- (verbid stem of antheîn to blossom; see antho-) + -ma noun suffix
Related forms
[eg-zan-thuh-mat-ik, ek-san-] /ɛgˌzæn θəˈmæt ɪk, ɛkˌsæn-/ (Show IPA),
[eg-zan-them-uh-tuh s, ek-san-] /ˌɛg zænˈθɛm ə təs, ˌɛk sæn-/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for exanthem


noun (pl) -themata (-ˈθiːmətə), -themas, -thems
a skin eruption or rash occurring as a symptom in a disease such as measles or scarlet fever
Derived Forms
exanthematous (ˌɛksænˈθɛmətəs), exanthematic (ɛkˌsænθɪˈmætɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from exanthein to burst forth, from anthein to blossom, from anthos flower
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