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Saint Anthony's fire

noun, Pathology, (formerly)
1.
any of certain skin conditions that are of an inflammatory or gangrenous nature, as erysipelas, hospital gangrene, or ergotism.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80
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Saint Anthony's fire

noun
1.
(pathol) another name for ergotism, erysipelas
Word Origin
C16: so named because praying to St Anthony was believed to effect a cure
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st. anthony fire in Medicine

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

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