Definition of Eczema herpeticum
1. Noun. Eczema characterized by a feverish condition and widespread eruption of vesicles; most common in children.
Medical Definition of Eczema herpeticum
1. A febrile condition caused by cutaneous dissemination of herpesvirus type 1, occurring most commonly in children, consisting of a widespread eruption of vesicles rapidly becoming umbilicated pustules; clinically indistinguishable from a generalised vaccinia. The two may be distinguished by electron microscopy or demonstration of inclusion bodies in smears, which are intranuclear in eczema herpeticum and intracytoplasmic in eczema vaccinatum. Synonym: pustulosis vacciniformis acuta. (05 Mar 2000)