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impetigo

[im-pi-tahy-goh] /ˌɪm pɪˈtaɪ goʊ/
noun, Pathology
1.
a contagious skin disease, especially of children, usually caused by streptococcal bacteria, marked by a superficial pustular eruption, particularly on the face.
Origin of impetigo
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impetīgō, equivalent to impet(ere) to make for, attack (see impetus) + -īgō, as in vertīgō vertigo
Related forms
impetiginous
[im-pi-tij-uh-nuh s] /ˌɪm pɪˈtɪdʒ ə nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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impetigo

/ˌɪmpɪˈtaɪɡəʊ/
noun
1.
a contagious bacterial skin disease characterized by the formation of pustules that develop into yellowish crusty sores
Derived Forms
impetiginous (ˌɪmpɪˈtɪdʒɪnəs) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: scabby eruption, from impetere to assail; see impetus; for form, compare vertigo
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Word Origin and History for impetigo
n.

pustular disease of the skin, late 14c., from Latin impetigo "skin eruption," from impetere "to attackâ" (see impetus). Related: Impetiginous.

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impetigo in Medicine

impetigo im·pe·ti·go (ĭm'pĭ-tī'gō)
n. pl. im·pe·ti·gos
A contagious skin infection caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria and characterized by the eruption of superficial pustules that rupture and form thick yellow crusts, usually on the face; it is most commonly seen in children. Also called impetigo contagiosa, impetigo vulgaris.

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impetigo
  (ĭm'pĭ-tī'gō)   
A contagious skin infection caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria and seen most commonly in children. Impetigo is characterized by superficial pustules that rupture and form thick yellow crusts, usually on the face.
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