Saint Anthony's fire
noun Date: 14th century any of several inflammations or gangrenous conditions (as erysipelas or ergotism) of the skin

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Saint Anthony's fire — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saint Anthony's fire — (also known historically as Ignis Sacer and Holy Fire ) may refer to one of the following infectious diseases:*Ergotism (this meaning particularly common in France and Germany) *Erysipelas (this meaning particularly common in England and the… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Anthony's fire — Saint An·tho·ny s fire .sānt .an(t) thə nēz , chiefly Brit .an tə n any of several inflammatory or gangrenous conditions (as erysipelas or ergotism) of the skin Anthony Saint (ca 250 350) Egyptian monk. St. Anthony is regarded as the founder of… …   Medical dictionary

  • Saint Anthony's fire — n. any of several skin conditions or inflammations, as erysipelas or ergotism …   English World dictionary

  • Saint Anthony's fire — noun any of several inflammatory or gangrenous skin conditions • Hypernyms: ↑skin disease, ↑disease of the skin, ↑skin disorder • Hyponyms: ↑erysipelas * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized S&A …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint Anthony's fire — Saint An′thony s fire′ n. pat any of certain skin conditions that are of an inflammatory or gangrenous nature, as erysipelas • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • Saint Anthony's fire — Pathol. (formerly) any of certain skin conditions that are of an inflammatory or gangrenous nature, as erysipelas, hospital gangrene, or ergotism. [1570 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • Saint Anthony's fire — noun Any of several inflammatory conditions of the skin, including erysipelas, herpes zoster, and ergotism …   Wiktionary

  • Saint Anthony's fire — A disease known today as ergotism, caused by a fungus which contaminated bread made from damp flour …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Saint Anthony’s fire — gangrenous skin conditions such as ergotism, erysipelas, and hospital gangrene …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”