Definition of eczema noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈeksmə//
, BrE//ˈeksɪmə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɪmə//
, NAmE//ɪɡˈziːmə//
[uncountable] Skin
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a skin condition in which areas of skin become red, rough and itchy Many cases of childhood eczema may be due to allergy to cow’s milk. See related entries: Skin Word Originmid 18th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek ekzema, from ekzein ‘boil over, break out’, from ek- ‘out’ + zein ‘boil’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: eczema