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Definition of Exanthem

Exanthem: A rash. The word "exanthem" comes from the Greek "exanthema" which means "a breaking out." "Anthos" in Greek is "a flower," particularly a flower blossom, so a child breaking out with an rash is likened to a flower bursting into bloom.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/9/2016

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