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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ek-thi'ma

Definition: A pyogenic infection of the skin initiated by ß-hemolytic streptococci and characterized by adherent crusts beneath which ulceration occurs; the ulcers may be single or multiple, and heal with scar formation.

[G. a pustule]

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