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erysipelas

Pronunciation: er'i-sip'e-las

Definition: A specific, acute, superficial cutaneous cellulitis caused by ß-hemolytic streptococci and characterized by hot, red, edematous, brawny, and sharply defined eruptions; usually accompanied by severe constitutional symptoms.

[G., fr. erythros, red + pella, skin]

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