1. an acute streptococcal infection characterized by deep-red inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
erysipelas \er`y*sip"e*las\ ([e^]r`[i^]*s[i^]p"[-e]*las), n.
[L., fr. Gr. 'erysi`pelas; 'eryqro`s red + pe`lla hide, skin.
See Red, and Pell, n.] (Med.)
St. Anthony's fire; a febrile disease accompanied with a
diffused red edematous inflammation of the skin, which,
starting usually from a single point, spreads gradually over
its surface. It is often accompanied by severe constitutional
symptoms. It is caused by a group A hemolytic streptococcus
(Streptococcus pyogenes), is contagious, and formerly often
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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an acute streptococcal infection characterized by deep-red
inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes