from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a species of hemolytic streptococcus and marked by localized inflammation and fever. Also called Saint Anthony's fire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. severe skin disease caused by streptococcus infection in surface and surrounding tissue, marked by continued spreading inflammation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. St. Anthony's fire; a febrile disease accompanied with a diffused red edematous inflammation of the skin, which, starting usually from a single point, spreads gradually over its surface. It is often accompanied by severe constitutional symptoms. It is caused by a group A hemolytic streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes), is contagious, and formerly often occured epidemically.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease characterized by a diffuse inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous areolar tissue, spreading gradually from its initial site and accompanied by fever and other general disturbance. It seems to be caused by a micrococcus. Also called St. Anthony's fire, and popularly in Great Britain rose.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an acute streptococcal infection characterized by deep-red inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes
Middle English erisipila, from Latin erysipelas, from Greek erusipelas : erusi-, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots + -pelas, skin; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek ἐρυσίπελας, from ἐρυσι- (erysi-), from ἐρυθρός, red, and *πελ-, *pel (compare Latin pellis, skin) (Wiktionary)