Part of speech: noun

An inflammatory disease of the skin.

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Usage examples "erysipelas":

  1. I believe it was caused by the pain of leaving you and Ardgillan: any strong emotion causes it, and I remember when I last left Edinburgh having an attack of it that brought on erysipelas. - "Records of a Girlhood", Frances Ann Kemble.
  2. Should erysipelas develop on a very young baby it is very important that he should be removed at once from the mother. - "The Mother and Her Child", William S. Sadler Lena K. Sadler.
  3. He was threatened with erysipelas, and there was a rather critical inflammation of the left eye. - "Checkmate", Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.