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erysipelas Syllabification: er·y·sip·e·las
Pronunciation: /ˌerəˈsipələs/

Definition of erysipelas in English:


An acute, sometimes recurrent disease caused by a bacterial infection. It is characterized by large, raised red patches on the skin, especially that of the face and legs, with fever and severe general illness.
Example sentences
  • Common skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles and carbuncles.
  • It was this analogy that drove him on to study cholera, anthrax, erysipelas and finally rabies, culminating in the development of the rabies vaccine.
  • Billroth, a German surgeon, is credited with first identifying, in 1874, streptococci isolated from a patient with erysipelas, which was a very common disease in that time, but rare today.


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek erusipelas; perhaps related to eruthros 'red' and pella 'skin'.

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