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Princeton's WordNet

  1. urtication, urticaria, hives, nettle rashnoun

    an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs


  1. hivesnoun

    Itchy, swollen, red areas of the skin which can appear quickly in response to an allergen or due to other conditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hivesnoun

    the croup

    Etymology: [Scot.; perh. akin to E. heave.]

  2. Hivesnoun

    an eruptive disease (Varicella globularis), allied to the chicken pox

    Etymology: [Scot.; perh. akin to E. heave.]


  1. Hives

    Urticaria commonly referred to as hives, is a kind of skin rash notable for pale red, raised, itchy bumps. Hives might also cause a burning or stinging sensation. Hives are frequently caused by allergic reactions; however, there are many nonallergic causes. Most cases of hives lasting less than six weeks are the result of an allergic trigger. Chronic urticaria is rarely due to an allergy. The majority of chronic hives cases have an unknown cause. In perhaps as many as 30–40% of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria, it is caused by an autoimmune reaction. Acute viral infection is another common cause of acute urticaria. Less common causes of hives include friction, pressure, temperature extremes, exercise, and sunlight.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hives

    hīvz, n. a popular term for nettle-rash and other similar skin diseases: laryngitis.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hives in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hives in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  1. Vicki Lawrence:

    Track the journey of your body with the hives and take it to your doctor, and then hopefully the both of you will find a course of action— or your doctor can get you to the right doctor that is dealing with this.

  2. Hippilyte Taine:

    Man may be considered as a superior species of animal who produces philosophies and poems in about the same way a silkworm produces their cocoons and bees their hives.

  3. Bruce Robertson:

    It’s rife. Honey is overpriced, mate, it’s ludicrous. There’s easy money being made if you buy and sell hives.

  4. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse:

    At that stage I was still not concerned. Thirty-five minutes into the flight she said she was feeling worse. She showed me her midriff, I could see many hives.

  5. Vicki Lawrence:

    I always thought hives was your mother-in-law’s nervous breakdown. I thought, ‘Me, hives? I’m not stressed; I’m not nervous.’ But most people do get hives at some point in their lives, and for those of us who have chronic hives it can be on-going.

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