Definition of phagedaena in English:

phagedaena

(also phagedoena, phagedena)

noun

Medicine
historical
  • Ulceration that spreads and destroys surrounding tissue; an ulcer of this nature.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Gale (c1507–1567), surgeon. From classical Latin phagedaena kind of ulcer that eats away the flesh from ancient Greek ϕαγέδαινα from ϕαγεῖν to eat, devour + -έδαινα, suffix forming feminine nouns.

Pronunciation

phagedaena

/ˌfadʒɪˈdiːnə/