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Definition of "hives" []

  • A skin condition characterized by intensely itching welts and caused by an allergic reaction to internal or external agents, an infection, or a nervous condition. Also called nettle rash, urticaria. (noun-plural)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hives" in a sentence
  • "For those of you who break out in hives at the thought of learning a new markup language, try LyX, I've heard wonderful feedback about it."
  • "A concern with hives is that they can get into your throat, making it difficult to breathe."
  • "The second time I had broken out in hives from liquid soap over there, so I needed to go to a clinic to have it taken care of."