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hives Line breaks: hives
Pronunciation: /hʌɪvz/

Definition of hives in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular or plural]
Another term for urticaria.
Example sentences
  • Stress worsens many skin conditions - such as psoriasis, eczema, hives and acne - and can be a trigger for asthma attacks.
  • Nettle rash (also known as hives or urticaria) is characterised by a lumpy, itchy rash with red spots.
  • Doctors may also refer to it as cold-induced hives (urticaria).


Early 16th century (originally Scots, denoting various conditions causing a rash, especially in children): of unknown origin.

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