Definition of Eczema

1. Noun. Generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages.

Definition of Eczema

1. n. An inflammatory disease of the skin, characterized by the presence of redness and itching, an eruption of small vesicles, and the discharge of a watery exudation, which often dries up, leaving the skin covered with crusts; -- called also tetter, milk crust, and salt rheum.

Definition of Eczema

1. Noun. 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. ¹

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Definition of Eczema

1. a skin disease [n -S]

Medical Definition of Eczema

1. A pruritic papulovesicular dermatitis occurring as a reaction to many endogenous and exogenous agents. It is characterised in the acute stage by erythema, oedema associated with a serous exudate between the cells of the epidermis (spongiosis) and an inflammatory infiltrate in the dermis, oosing and vesiculation and crusting and scaling and in the more chronic stages by lichenification or thickening or both, signs of excoriations and hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation or both. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of dermatitis. Synonym: eczematous dermatitis. Origin: Gr. Ekzein = to boil out This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Eczema

eczema (current term)
eczema craquele
eczema diabeticorum
eczema epilans
eczema erythematosum
eczema herpeticum
eczema hypertrophicum
eczema intertrigo
eczema marginatum
eczema nummulare
eczema papulosum
eczema parasiticum
eczema pustulosum
eczema rubrum

Literary usage of Eczema

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1. Special pathology and therapeutics of the diseases of domestic animals v. 2 by Ferenc Hutyra (1913)
"To what class seborrheic eczema belongs has not yet been determined. Unna considers it an independent form of eczema which has a tendency to serpiginous ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"Buckley's investigations concerning the urine in eczema are referred to as ... The book is not a very illuminating contribution to our knowledge of eczema; ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1894)
"Dermatitis must be clearly distinguished from eczema, though many forms of acute eczema are really cases of dermatitis. The point that I would emphasise is ..."

4. The Medical Clinics of North America by Richard J. Havel, K. Patrick Ober (1918)
"THE earlier teachings concerning eczema and childhood were confined to the skin alone, because the knowledge at the time was limited to what could be seen ..."

5. On diseases of the skin: A System of Cutaneous Medicine by Erasmus Wilson (1868)
"The distinction is a radical one, and of the first importance in the study of eczema. eczema siccum, which is represented by eczema ..."

6. Diseases of the Skin by Richard Lightburn Sutton (1916)
"agents to "photographer's eczema;" and so on, almost ad infini- tum. ... There is a certain localized type of eczema, characterized by sudden outbreaks, ..."

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