[er-uh-sip-uh-luh s, eer-uh-] /ˌɛr əˈsɪp ə ləs, ˌɪər ə-/

Pathology. an acute, febrile infectious disease, caused by a specific streptococcus, characterized by diffusely spreading deep-red inflammation of the skin or mucous membranes.
Also called swine erysipelas. Veterinary Pathology. a disease of swine, caused by the organism Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, characterized by urticaria, vegetative endocarditis, arthritis, and sometimes septicemia.
an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, esp on the face Also called Saint Anthony’s fire

late 14c., skin disease also known as St. Anthony’s Fire, from Greek erysipelas, perhaps from erythros “red” (see red (1)) + pella “skin” (see film (n.)).

erysipelas er·y·sip·e·las (ěr’ĭ-sĭp’ə-ləs, ēr’-)
An acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a hemolytic bacterium and marked by localized inflammation and fever. Also called Saint Anthony’s fire.
er’y·si·pel’a·tous (-sĭ-pěl’ə-təs) adj.


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