or chick·en pox
- 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.
Origin of chickenpox
First recorded in 1720–30
Also called varicella.
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Examples from the Web for chickenpox
In January, Barbara Walters, 83, suffered from a rare case of chickenpox, leaving her View perch for six weeks.Did ‘The View’ Just Lose Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck?
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Sometimes they break out unexpected, like chickenpox in the 'Old Men's Home.'The Depot Master
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The incubation period of chickenpox is from ten to seventeen days.The Mother and Her Child
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The reader is referred to the article on chickenpox for a consideration of this matter.
It causes an alarm but does not prove mortal, and is probably what we term the chickenpox.The History of Sumatra
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- a highly communicable viral disease most commonly affecting children, characterized by slight fever and the eruption of a rash
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- An acute contagious disease, primarily of children, that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and characterized by skin eruptions, slight fever, and malaise.varicella
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- 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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