from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A skin condition characterized by intensely itching welts and caused by an allergic reaction to internal or external agents, an infection, or a nervous condition. Also called nettle rash, urticaria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Itchy, swollen, red areas of the skin which can appear quickly in response to an allergen or due to other conditions.
  • n. Plural form of hive.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of hive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The croup.
  • n. An eruptive disease (Varicella globularis), allied to the chicken pox.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Laryngitis.
  • n. Urticaria and (loosely) other skin affections. See urticaria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs


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