Definitions for eczemaˈɛk sə mə, ˈɛg zə-, ɪgˈzi-

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  1. eczema(noun)

    generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages

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  1. eczema(Noun)

    An acute or chronic inflammation of the skin, characterized by redness, itching, and the outbreak of oozing vesicular lesions which become encrusted and scaly. It is noncontagious.

  2. Origin: From ἔκζεμα, from ἐκ + ζέμα, from ζέω.

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  1. Eczema(noun)

    an inflammatory disease of the skin, characterized by the presence of redness and itching, an eruption of small vesicles, and the discharge of a watery exudation, which often dries up, leaving the skin covered with crusts; -- called also tetter, milk crust, and salt rheum

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. 'e`kzema; "ek out + zei^n to boil.]

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  1. Eczema

    Eczema, often referred to as atopic dermatitis is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the epidermis. The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries. Scratching open a healing lesion may result in scarring and may enlarge the rash. The word eczema comes from Greek, meaning "to boil over". Dermatitis comes from the Greek word for skin – and both terms refer to the same skin condition. In some languages, dermatitis and eczema are synonymous, while in other languages dermatitis implies an acute condition and "eczema" a chronic one. The two conditions are often classified together.

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  1. Eczema

    a common skin disease, which may be either chronic or acute; develops in a red rash of tiny vesicles, which usually burst and produce a characteristic scab; is not contagious, and leaves no scar.

U.S. National Library of MedicineRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Eczema

    A pruritic papulovesicular dermatitis occurring as a reaction to many endogenous and exogenous agents (Dorland, 27th ed).


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