or chick·en pox
[ chik-uh n-poks ]
/ ˈtʃɪk ənˌpɒks /
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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British Dictionary definitions for chicken pox
/ (ˈtʃɪkɪnˌpɒks) /
a highly communicable viral disease most commonly affecting children, characterized by slight fever and the eruption of a rash
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Word Origin and History for chicken pox
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Medicine definitions for chicken pox
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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Science definitions for chicken pox
[ chĭk′ən-pŏks′ ]
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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Culture definitions for chicken pox
A mild but highly contagious disease, caused by a virus and characterized by slight fever and the eruption of blisters on the skin. Chicken pox is classified as a disease of childhood, although it can occur in adults.
Children who have had chicken pox are immune to future infection by the virus that causes it.
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