One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A swelling; especially an inflammatory mass. In later use: specifically an area of thickened, nodular skin on the face seen in seen in rosacea.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Banister (1532/3–?1610), surgeon. From classical Latin phȳma swelling, tumour (Celsus) from ancient Greek ϕυματ-, ϕῦμα from ϕύειν to bring forth, make grow + -μα, suffix forming nouns.
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