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exanthema Line breaks: ex¦an|thema
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsanθɪmə/
/ˌɛksanˈθiːmə/

Definition of exanthema in English:

noun (plural exanthemata)

Medicine
A skin rash accompanying a disease or fever: [mass noun]: other symptoms are allergic contact dermatitis and generalized exanthema [count noun]: the diagnosis of the common exanthemata
More example sentences
  • A 33-year-old man presented with a generalized pruritic skin exanthema that had been present for 1 day.
  • Other childhood infections such as herpetic stomatitis, exanthema subitum, and chickenpox also seemed protective.
  • Roseola, or exanthema subitum, is caused by human herpesvirus 6.

Derivatives

exanthematic

1
adjective

exanthematous

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • The name pityriasis rosea was given to the exanthematous illness in 1860-a long time ago - but its exact cause remains uncertain.
  • This 81 year old woman developed a florid, blanching exanthematous maculopapular rash over her trunk, arms, and proximal thighs after two weeks of treatment with ciprofloxacin for a wound infection.

Origin

Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek exanthēma 'eruption', from ex- 'out' + antheein 'to blossom' (from anthos 'flower').

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