One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A skin rash accompanying a disease or fever.
spots, skin eruption, breakoutView synonyms
- ‘Roseola, or exanthema subitum, is caused by human herpesvirus 6.’
- ‘In immunocompromised patients HHV - 6 causes opportunistic infections and is the causative agent of exanthema subitum.’
- ‘A paste made of the plant with cloves, sandalwood, musk and rose-water is stated to be effective in curing exanthemata.’
- ‘A 33-year-old man presented with a generalized pruritic skin exanthema that had been present for 1 day.’
- ‘Other childhood infections such as herpetic stomatitis, exanthema subitum, and chickenpox also seemed protective.’
Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek exanthēma ‘eruption’, from ex- ‘out’ + antheein ‘to blossom’ (from anthos ‘flower’).
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