chickenpox

or chick·en pox

[ chik-uhn-poks ]

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.

Origin of chickenpox

1
First recorded in 1720–30

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British Dictionary definitions for chickenpox

chickenpox

/ (ˈtʃɪkɪnˌpɒks) /


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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Scientific definitions for chickenpox

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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Cultural definitions for chicken pox

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.

Notes for chicken pox

Children who have had chicken pox are immune to future infection by the virus that causes it.

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