Er`y*sip"e*las (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. ; red + hide, skin. See Red, and Pell, n.] Med.

St. Anthony's fire; a febrile disease accompanied with a diffused inflammation of the skin, which, starting usually from a single point, spreads gradually over its surface. It is usually regarded as contagious, and often occurs epidemically.


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