fifth disease

noun
1.
Pathology. a mild infection, most often seen in children or young adults, caused by a small virus ((the human parvovirus B19)) and marked by a blotchy rash on the cheeks, arms, and legs.
Also called erythema infectiosum.
Origin
so called because it was the fifth in a classification scheme of childhood eruptive diseases
British Dictionary definitions for fifth dis-ease
fifth disease
 
n
Also called: slapped-cheek disease, Technical name: erythema infectiosum a mild infectious disease of childhood, caused by a virus, characterized by fever and a red rash spreading from the cheeks to the limbs and trunk
 
[C20: from its being among the five most common childhood infections]

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fifth dis-ease in Medicine

fifth disease n.
See erythema infectiosum.

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