Meaning of eczema in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛks(ɪ)mə/

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mass noun
  • A medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itching and bleeding.

    ‘Hay fever, asthma and eczema are all related allergic conditions and the tendency to develop them runs in families.’
    • ‘It is much less common in childhood than other skin conditions such as eczema but rarely, it does develop before the age of ten years.’
    • ‘Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.’
    • ‘It increases the likelihood of a person having asthma, eczema or hay fever.’
    • ‘You might scratch the skin because it is itchy due to eczema or psoriasis inside the ear.’
    • ‘Late in his career he completed a research study on associations between eczema and psoriasis.’
    • ‘So, how do those of you who have eczema or similar skin conditions cope with the uncertainty?’
    • ‘Of the allergic diseases, eczema is the most common among both adults and children.’
    • ‘She had never smoked but did have several allergies, including eczema and perennial rhinitis.’
    • ‘If there is eczema, asthma, or hay fever in your family, you are more likely to become allergic to something yourself.’
    • ‘Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema and is linked with hay fever and asthma.’
    • ‘Honey is another natural remedy for soothing inflammation, eczema, burns and skin infections.’
    • ‘It signifies many kinds of skin afflictions including eczema, acne, and boils.’
    • ‘Reactions to food often affect those with other classic allergies such as hay fever, asthma and eczema.’
    • ‘The blurb goes on to say it will help treat conditions from eczema to brain tumours.’
    • ‘In reality she is more likely to help locals with remedies for their children's eczema or chicken pox.’
    • ‘It is said that every fifth person suffers from eczema, psoriasis or some form of allergy and these often run in the family.’
    • ‘This is very bad news for the one person in ten who suffers from nickel allergy, or those with eczema or dermatitis.’
    • ‘Now, suppose we look at the table the other way round, and ask what is the probability that a child with hay fever will also have eczema?’
    • ‘A flare-up of eczema allowed him to obtain a medical release from duty.’


Mid 18th century modern Latin, from Greek ekzema, from ekzein ‘boil over, break out’, from ek- ‘out’ + zein ‘boil’.