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[ur-ti-kair-ee-uh] /ˌɜr tɪˈkɛər i ə/
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 of urticaria
1765-75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin urtīc(a) nettle + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary
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urticarial, adjective Unabridged
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a skin condition characterized by the formation of itchy red or whitish raised patches, usually caused by an allergy Nontechnical names hives, nettle rash
Derived Forms
urticarial, urticarious, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Latin urtīca nettle
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Word Origin and History for urticaria

medical Latin, from Latin urtica "nettle," from urere "to burn." The native name is nettle-rash.

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urticaria in Medicine

urticaria ur·ti·car·i·a (ûr'tĭ-kâr'ē-ə)
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 in Science
See hives.
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