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Eczema or atopic dermatitis (from Greek ἔκζεμα ēkzema, "to boil over") is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin).

eczema n : generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages

44 Moby Thesaurus words for "eczema": acne, acne vulgaris, allergen, allergic disorder, allergy, asthma, conjunctivitis, cosmetic dermatitis, dermamycosis, dermatitis, dermatosis, elephantiasis, epithelioma, erysipelas, erythema, exanthem, hay fever, heat rash, herpes, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, hives, impetigo, itch, jungle rot, leprosy, lichen, lichen primus, lupus, lupus vulgaris, miliaria, pemphigus, pollinosis, prickly heat, pruigo, pruritus, psora, ringworm, rose cold, scabies, shingles, skin cancer, tetter, urticaria

Eczema \Ec"ze*ma\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'e`kzema; "ek out + zei^n to boil.] (Med.) An inflammatory disease of the skin, characterized by the presence of redness and itching, an eruption of small vesicles, and the discharge of a watery exudation, which often dries up, leaving the skin covered with crusts; -- called also {tetter}, {milk crust}, and {salt rheum}. [1913 Webster]


Dermatophytosis or ringworm is a clinical condition caused by fungal infection of the skin in humans, pets such as cats, and domesticated animals such as sheep and cattle.

ringworm n : infections of the skin or nails caused by fungi and appearing as itching circular patches [syn: {tinea}, {roundworm}]

153 Moby Thesaurus words for "ringworm": African lethargy, Asiatic cholera, Chagres fever, German measles, Haverhill fever, acne, acne vulgaris, acute articular rheumatism, ague, alkali disease, amebiasis, amebic dysentery, anthrax, bacillary dysentery, bastard measles, black death, black fever, blackwater fever, breakbone fever, brucellosis, bubonic plague, cachectic fever, cerebral rheumatism, chicken pox, cholera, cowpox, dandy fever, deer fly fever, dengue, dengue fever, dermamycosis, dermatitis, dermatosis, diphtheria, dumdum fever, dysentery, eczema, elephantiasis, encephalitis lethargica, enteric fever, epithelioma, erysipelas, erythema, exanthem, famine fever, five-day fever, flu, frambesia, glandular fever, grippe, hansenosis, heat rash, hepatitis, herpes, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, histoplasmosis, hives, hookworm, hydrophobia, impetigo, infantile paralysis, infectious mononucleosis, inflammatory rheumatism, influenza, itch, jail fever, jungle rot, kala azar, kissing disease, lepra, leprosy, leptospirosis, lichen, lichen primus, loa loa, loaiasis, lockjaw, lupus, lupus vulgaris, madness, malaria, malarial fever, marsh fever, measles, meningitis, miliaria, milzbrand, mumps, ornithosis, osteomyelitis, paratyphoid fever, parotitis, parrot fever, pemphigus, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, poliomyelitis, polyarthritis rheumatism, ponos, prickly heat, pruigo, pruritus, psittacosis, psora, rabbit fever, rabies, rat-bite fever, relapsing fever, rheumatic fever, rickettsialpox, rubella, rubeola, scabies, scarlatina, scarlet fever, schistosomiasis, septic sore throat, shingles, skin cancer, sleeping sickness, sleepy sickness, smallpox, snail fever, splenic fever, spotted fever, strep throat, swamp fever, tetanus, tetter, thrush, tinea, trench fever, trench mouth, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhoid, typhoid fever, typhus, typhus fever, undulant fever, vaccinia, varicella, variola, venereal disease, viral dysentery, whooping cough, yaws, yellow fever, yellow jack, zona, zoster

Ringworm \Ring"worm"\, n. (Med.) A contagious affection of the skin due to the presence of a vegetable parasite, and forming ring-shaped discolored patches covered with vesicles or powdery scales. It occurs either on the body, the face, or the scalp. Different varieties are distinguished as {Tinea circinata}, {Tinea tonsurans}, etc., but all are caused by the same parasite (a species of {Trichophyton}). [1913 Webster]

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  • eczema: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • eczema: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • eczema: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ringworm: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • ringworm: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • ringworm: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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