Saint Anthony's fire


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Saint Anthony's fire


[From the belief that Saint Anthony's intercession could cure it.]

Saint Anthony's fire

n
(Pathology) pathol another name for ergotism, erysipelas
[C16: so named because praying to St Anthony was believed to effect a cure]

Saint` An′thony's fire′



n.
any of certain skin conditions that are of an inflammatory or gangrenous nature, as erysipelas.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Saint Anthony's fire - any of several inflammatory or gangrenous skin conditions
disease of the skin, skin disease, skin disorder - a disease affecting the skin
erysipelas - an acute streptococcal infection characterized by deep-red inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes
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