- Erythema is defined as abnormal redness on the surface of the skin usually caused by irritation or congestion of the capillaries.
Redness on the surface of your skin after your skin is infected is an example of erythema.
Origin of erythemaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek erythēma ; from erythainein, to redden, blush ; from erythros, red
Origin of erythemaGreek eruthēma, from eruthainein, to redden, be red, from eruthros, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
- er′y·them′a·tous , er′y·the·mat′ic , er′y·the′mic
(plural erythemas or erythemata)
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἐρύθημα (erythema, “a redness or flush on the skin”), from ..., from ἐρυθρός (erythrós, “red”)