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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
Related forms
urticarial, adjective Unabridged
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  • He says nothing of de Mussy's recognition of the urticarial nature of the lesion in hay fever.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever George Frederick Laidlaw
  • The mucous membrane of the mouth and throat may also be the seat of wheals and urticarial swellings.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • She also has other neurotic manifestations, especially of an urticarial character, that are equally interesting.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Usually erythematous, but may be urticarial, erythemato-papular, and even purpuric.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
British Dictionary definitions for urticarial


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 urticarial



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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urticarial in Medicine

urticarial ur·ti·car·i·al (ûr'tĭ-kâr'ē-əl)
Relating to or marked by urticaria.

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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urticarial in Science
See hives.
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