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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ek′zĕ-mă, eg′zĕ-mă, eg-zē′mă

Definition: Generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin, particularly with vesiculation in the acute stage, typically erythematous, edematous, papular, and crusting; followed often by lichenification and scaling and occasionally by duskiness of the erythema and, infrequently, hyperpigmentation; often accompanied by sensations of itching and burning; the vesicles form by intraepidermal spongiosis; often hereditary and associated with allergic rhinitis and asthma.

[G. fr. ekzeō, to boil over]