Eczema definition

ĕksə-mə, ĕgzə-, ĭg-zē-
A noncontagious inflammation of the skin, characterized chiefly by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge serous matter and become encrusted and scaly.
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Any of various noncontagious skin disorders characterized by inflammation, itching, and the formation of scales.
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A noncontagious inflammation of the skin, characterized chiefly by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge serous matter and become encrusted and scaly.
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An acute or chronic noncontagious inflammation of the skin, often caused by allergy and characterized by itching, scaling, and blistering.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
eczema
Plural:
eczemas, eczemata

Origin of eczema

  • New Latin from Greek ekzema from ekzein to break out, boil over ek- out ecto– zein to boil yes- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἔκζεμα (ekzema), from ἐκ (ek, “out of, forth from”) + ζέμα (zema, “that which is boiled, decoction”), from ζέω (zeo, “to boil, to seethe”).

    From Wiktionary