chickenpox

[chik-uhn-poks]
noun
a disease, commonly of children, caused by the varicella zoster virus and characterized by mild headache and fever, malaise, and eruption of blisters on the skin and mucous membranes.
Also, chicken pox.
Also called varicella.


Origin:
1720–30

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chickenpox (ˈtʃɪkɪnˌpɒks)
 
n
a highly communicable viral disease most commonly affecting children, characterized by slight fever and the eruption of a rash

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chicken pox
c.1730, supposedly so called for its mildness compared to smallpox.
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chickenpox or chicken pox
n.
An acute contagious disease, primarily of children, that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and characterized by skin eruptions, slight fever, and malaise. Also called varicella.

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chickenpox   (chĭk'ən-pŏks')  Pronunciation Key 
A highly contagious infectious disease, usually of children, caused by the varicella-zoster virus of the genus Varicellavirus. The infection is characterized by fever, and itching skin blisters that start on the trunk of the body and spread to the extremities. Also called varicella.
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chicken pox definition


A mild but highly contagious disease, caused by a virus and characterized by slight fever and the eruption of blisters on the skin. Chicken pox is classified as a disease of childhood, although it can occur in adults.

Note: Children who have had chicken pox are immune to future infection by the virus that causes it.
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Example sentences
One of the myths about inoculation was that it did not produce a true smallpox
  in the patient but a spurious case of chicken pox.
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After the rash of chicken pox goes away, the virus stays in the body.
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