St. Anthony's fire

Saint Anthony's fire

noun Pathology, (formerly)
any of certain skin conditions that are of an inflammatory or gangrenous nature, as erysipelas, hospital gangrene, or ergotism.

Origin:
1570–80

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Saint Anthony's fire
 
n
pathol ergotism another name for erysipelas
 
[C16: so named because praying to St Anthony was believed to effect a cure]

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Saint Anthony's fire Saint An·tho·ny's fire (ān'thə-nēz)
n.
See erysipelas.

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