nounpl. ex·an·them·a·ta or ex·an·the·mas also ex·an·thems
- A skin eruption accompanying certain infectious diseases.
- A disease, such as measles or scarlet fever, accompanied by a skin eruption.
Origin of exanthemaLate Latin exanthēma, from Greek, eruption, from exanthein, to burst forth : ex-, ex- + anthein, to blossom (from anthos, flower).
- ex·an′the·mat′ic , ex′an·them′a·tous
(plural exanthemas or exanthemata)
- Alternative spelling of exanthem.
Variant of exanthem
- a skin eruption or rash occurring in certain infectious diseases, as measles
- an infectious disease characterized by such eruptions
Origin of exanthem; from Late Latin exanthema ; from Classical Greek exanthēma, efflorescence, eruption ; from exanthein, to bloom ; from ex-, out + anthein, to flower ; from anthos: see antho-