urticaria

[ur-ti-kair-ee-uh]
noun Pathology.
a transient condition of the skin, usually caused by an allergic reaction, characterized by pale or reddened irregular, elevated patches and severe itching; hives.

Origin:
1765–75; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin urtīc(a) nettle + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary

urticarial, adjective
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urticaria (ˌɜːtɪˈkɛərɪə)
 
n
hives, Nontechnical names: nettle rash a skin condition characterized by the formation of itchy red or whitish raised patches, usually caused by an allergy
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin urtīca nettle]
 
urti'carial
 
adj
 
urti'carious
 
adj

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urticaria ur·ti·car·i·a (ûr'tĭ-kâr'ē-ə)
n.
A skin condition characterized by welts that itch intensely, caused by an allergic reaction, an infection, or a nervous condition. Also called hives, nettle rash.

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urticaria   (ûr'tĭ-kâr'ē-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
See hives.
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Hives, technically termed urticaria, can be caused by a wide variety of factors related to internal or external conditions.
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