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n. Chiefly Southern US
Any of various skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, or herpes, characterized by eruptions and itching.

[Middle English teter, from Old English; see der- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Pathology) a blister or pimple
2. (Pathology) informal any of various skin eruptions, such as eczema
[Old English teter; related to Old High German zitaroh, Sanskrit dadru, Late Latin derbita]
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(ˈtɛt ər)

any of various eruptive skin diseases, as herpes or eczema.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English teter; akin to Old High German zittaroh tetter, ringworm]
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