Definition of eczema in English:



  • A medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding, sometimes resulting from a reaction to irritation (eczematous dermatitis) but more typically having no obvious external cause.

    • ‘It is said that every fifth person suffers from eczema, psoriasis or some form of allergy and these often run in the family.’
    • ‘If there is eczema, asthma, or hay fever in your family, you are more likely to become allergic to something yourself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Late in his career he completed a research study on associations between eczema and psoriasis.’
    • ‘Reactions to food often affect those with other classic allergies such as hay fever, asthma and eczema.’
    • ‘Of the allergic diseases, eczema is the most common among both adults and children.’
    • ‘Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema and is linked with hay fever and asthma.’
    • ‘It signifies many kinds of skin afflictions including eczema, acne, and boils.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘She had never smoked but did have several allergies, including eczema and perennial rhinitis.’
    • ‘A flare-up of eczema allowed him to obtain a medical release from duty.’
    • ‘Honey is another natural remedy for soothing inflammation, eczema, burns and skin infections.’
    • ‘Hay fever, asthma and eczema are all related allergic conditions and the tendency to develop them runs in families.’
    • ‘So, how do those of you who have eczema or similar skin conditions cope with the uncertainty?’
    • ‘It increases the likelihood of a person having asthma, eczema or hay fever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.’
    • ‘You might scratch the skin because it is itchy due to eczema or psoriasis inside the ear.’


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