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inflammation of the sweat glands.
hidradenitis suppurati´va a severe, chronic, recurrent pus-producing infection of the apocrine sweat glands.
chronic suppurative folliculitis of apocrine sweat-gland-bearing skin of the perianal, axillary, and genital areas or under the breasts, developing after puberty and producing abscesses or sinuses with scarring.
Etymology: Gk, hydos, water + aden, gland + itis, inflammation; L, suppurare, to form pus
a chronic suppurative and cicatricial disease of the apocrine gland-bearing areas, chiefly the axillae (especially in young women) and anogenital region (especially in men), caused by occlusion of the pores with secondary bacterial infection of apocrine sweat glands. It is characterized by the development of one or more tender red abscesses that enlarge and eventually break through the skin, yielding purulent or seropurulent drainage. Healing occurs with fibrosis, and recurrences lead to sinus tract formation and progressive scarring. Also called apocrinitis, hidradenitis axillaris.
hi·drad·e·ni·tis sup·pu·ra·ti·va(hī'drad-ĕ-nī'tis sŭp'ū-rā-tī'vă)
Chronic suppurative folliculitis of apocrine sweat gland-bearing skin producing abscesses or sinuses with scarring.