giant hives

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Related to giant hives: angioedema
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Noun1.giant hives - recurrent large circumscribed areas of subcutaneous edema; onset is sudden and it disappears within 24 hours; seen mainly in young women, often as an allergic reaction to food or drugs
dropsy, edema, hydrops, oedema - swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities
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Quincke's edema is an angioneurotic edema or giant hives that differs from ordinary hives in skin defeat depth.
Wendy, 63, kept more than a million honey bees in 23 giant hives at the bottom of her garden.
Wheals vary in size from the small, 2-mm papules of cholinergic urticaria to giant hives that may cover an extremity or part of the abdomen in a single wheal.