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Pronunciation: er'i-sip'e-loyd

Definition: A specific, usually self-limiting, cellulitis of the hand caused by Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae; appears as a dusky erythema with diamondlike configuration of the skin at the site of a wound sustained in handling fish or meat and may become generalized, with plaques of erythema and bullae, and occasionally, severe toxemia.

Synonym(s): blubber finger, crab hand, pseudoerysipelas, seal fingers, whale fingers

[G. erysipelas + eidos, resemblance]

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