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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
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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Examples from the web for impetigo
  • The blister is similar to that seen in persons with impetigo, but the infection spreads much deeper into the skin.
  • impetigo-- common in children, this infection is from bacteria that live in the top layers of the skin.
  • The health care provider might also see scratch marks or signs of an infection, such as impetigo.
  • The disease tends to develop into widespread skin infection that resembles impetigo.
  • In contrast, there are several million cases of strep throat and impetigo each year.
  • Clinical diagnosis of bullous or non bullous impetigo.
  • impetigo is a common, highly infectious skin disease caused by bacterial infection and characterized by crusting skin lesions.
British Dictionary definitions for impetigo

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 in Science
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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