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chickenpox

or chick·en pox

[chik-uh n-poks]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of chickenpox

First recorded in 1720–30
Also called varicella.
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British Dictionary definitions for chickenpox

chickenpox

noun
  1. a highly communicable viral disease most commonly affecting children, characterized by slight fever and the eruption of a rash
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chickenpox in Medicine

chickenpox

n.
  1. 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
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chickenpox in Science

chickenpox

[chĭkən-pŏks′]
  1. 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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