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[zos-ter] /ˈzɒs tər/
Also called herpes zoster. Pathology. shingles.
Greek Antiquity. a belt or girdle.
Origin of zoster
1595-1605; < Latin zōstēr < Greek zōstḗr girdle Unabridged
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  • Ionian poets interpolated their corslet, mitre, zoster, and greaves into passages of old lays that originally knew no such armour.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • Then it arrived with the zoster, or mailed belt, and the mitr, or mailed kirtle.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • I was handed along all the way from alopecia, which used to be called baldness, to zoster, which used to be known as shingles.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • In some of these instances the pocks appear in clusters of successive formation, looking not unlike patches of zoster.

British Dictionary definitions for zoster


(pathol) short for herpes zoster
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: shingles, from Greek zōster girdle
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Word Origin and History for zoster

kind of seaweed, c.1600, Latin, from Greek zoster "girdle," from zonnynai (see zone (n.)). Meaning "shingles" is from 1706; in the literal sense, "a belt or girdle, especially for men," from 1824.

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zoster in Medicine

zoster zos·ter (zŏs'tər)
See shingles.

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