Definition of Erysipelas

1. Noun. An acute streptococcal infection characterized by deep-red inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes.

Generic synonyms: Saint Anthony's Fire

Definition of Erysipelas

1. n. St. Anthony's fire; a febrile disease accompanied with a diffused inflammation of the skin, which, starting usually from a single point, spreads gradually over its surface. It is usually regarded as contagious, and often occurs epidemically.

Definition of Erysipelas

1. Noun. (disease) severe skin disease caused by streptococcus infection in surface and surrounding tissue, marked by continued spreading inflammation ¹

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Definition of Erysipelas

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Medical Definition of Erysipelas

1. An acute superficial form of cellulitis involving the dermal lymphatics, usually caused by infection with group A streptococci and chiefly characterised by a peripherally spreading hot, bright red, oedematous, brawny, infiltrated and sharply circumscribed plaque with a raised indurated border. Formerly called St. Anthony's fire. Compare: cellulitis, phlegmon. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Erysipelas

erwinia carotovora
erwinia chrysanthemi
erysipelas (current term)
erysipelas migrans
erysipelas perstans faciei
erysipelas pustulosum
erysipelas verrucosum
erysipelothrix infections

Literary usage of Erysipelas

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1. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1886)
"erysipelas and Puerperal Fever.—An important paper on the relationship between these two diseases has been published by Professor ..."

2. Modern Surgery: General and Operative by John Chalmers Da Costa (1907)
"erysipelas is an acute, contagious, spreading capillary lymphangitis due to the ... Cutaneous erysipelas is characterized by a rapidly spreading dermatitis, ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"During this time about 100 cases of erysipelas were admitted. ... Those cases in which no definite diagnosis of erysipelas could be made out were not ..."

4. The Science and Art of Surgery: A Treatise on Surgical Injuries, Diseases by John Eric Erichsen, Marcus Beck (1884)
"It will usually be found that, when erysipelas is very abundant among the ... The great predisposing cause of erysipelas is, however, to be sought for and ..."

5. The Lancet (1898)
"Many of them are of somewhat ancient date, as might be expected from the fact that erysipelas is much less common now than it used to be and that the ..."

6. On diseases of the skin by Erasmus Wilson (1852)
"erysipelas terminates generally in resolution with desquamation of the epiderma, ... erysipelas admits of division into two principal varieties, erysipelas ..."

7. The Structure of Conflict by Paul G. Swingle (1885)
"The peculiarity of erysipelas lies in the diffused character of the inflammation and ... DO doubt that erysipelas is coming on. Chomel held the same view, ..."

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