noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1500 an allergic disorder marked by raised edematous patches of skin or mucous membrane and usually intense itching and caused by contact with a specific precipitating factor (as a food, drug, or inhalant) either externally or internally — called also urticaria

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