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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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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Example sentences
In general, to prevent or reduce itching, home treatments are similar to those used for chickenpox.
For example, an individual who has had chickenpox is immune to getting chickenpox again.
Shingles-- a painful blistered skin condition caused by the same virus as chickenpox.
Chickenpox vaccine is the best way to prevent chickenpox.
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