One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of the hair follicles in the bearded part of the face, caused by bacterial infection.
- ‘The possibility of a herpetic sycosis of the beard must be considered in the case of non-response to antibiotic or antifungal treatment.’
- ‘The disease which is oftenest confounded with this form of eczema is sycosis.’
- ‘The following case is an example of a person with an inherited case of sycosis that was activated by the suppression of a chlamydia infection rather than by a new infection of gonococcus.’
- ‘The course of sycosis is chronic; it is marked by exacerbations and remissions.’
- ‘Sometimes the sore throat arising from sycosis may bear so close a resemblance to that of secondary syphilis, that it will be difficult to found a diagnosis.’
Late 16th century (originally denoting any fig-shaped skin ulcer): modern Latin, from Greek sukōsis, from sukon ‘fig’.
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