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.
- Also called varicella.
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How to use chickenpox in a sentence
That makes it twice as infectious as the original strain and almost as contagious as the chickenpox.A guide to delta, delta-plus, lambda, and other infectious coronavirus variants | empire | August 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
Each sick person will infect an average of seven others, making it nearly as contagious as chickenpox.The COVID-19 delta variant is almost as contagious as chickenpox | Sara Chodosh | August 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
What I did know was that everyone in my daughter’s house had been vaccinated against chickenpox and no one would touch three bumps burrowed under my boxwood bush of hair.I Visited My Grandkids After 16 Months and Realized How Much the Pandemic Had Changed Me | Connie Schultz | May 18, 2021 | Time
It took two decades for researchers to develop a vaccine for polio, in 1953, and even longer to get a chickenpox vaccine, in 1995.Has Covid-19 permanently altered the development timetable for other vaccines? | Annalisa Merelli | December 15, 2020 | Quartz
For some viruses, such as the varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox, immunity can last for decades.
In January, Barbara Walters, 83, suffered from a rare case of chickenpox, leaving her View perch for six weeks.Did ‘The View’ Just Lose Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck? | Ramin Setoodeh | March 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
chickenpox is almost a harmless disease, but it is more infectious than even measles.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
It causes an alarm but does not prove mortal, and is probably what we term the chickenpox.The History of Sumatra | William Marsden
This forms one of its distinguishing features when chickenpox is compared with smallpox.
The eruption appears about the same time in smallpox and not in successive crops, as in chickenpox.
chickenpox is more commonly a disease of childhood; smallpox attacks all ages.
British Dictionary definitions for chickenpox
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
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
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