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cold sore

a vesicular eruption on the face, usually on or near the mouth, often accompanying a cold or a febrile condition; herpes simplex.
Also called fever blister.
Origin of cold sore
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The cold sore had vanished permanently under a régime of health-food, dumb-bells, and icy plunges.

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British Dictionary definitions for cold sore

cold sore

a cluster of blisters at the margin of the lips that sometimes accompanies the common cold, caused by a viral infection Technical name herpes labialis
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cold sore in Medicine

cold sore n.
A small blister occurring on the lips and face and caused by a herpes simplex virus.

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