an acute infectious disease of the skin or mucous membranes caused by a streptococcus and characterized by local inflammation and fever
Origin of erysipelasMiddle English erisipela ; from Classical Latin erysipelas ; from Classical Greek ; from base of erythros, red + -pelas, akin to Classical Latin pellis: see fell
An acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a species of hemolytic streptococcus and marked by localized inflammation and fever. Also called Saint Anthony's fire.
Origin of erysipelasMiddle English erisipila, from Latin erysipelas, from Greek erusipelas : erusi-, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots + -pelas, skin; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.
- (pathology) severe skin disease caused by streptococcus infection in surface and surrounding tissue, marked by continued spreading inflammation
From Ancient Greek ἐρυσίπελας (erusipelas).