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noun
a vesicular eruption on the face, usually on or near the mouth, often accompanying a cold or a febrile condition; herpes simplex.
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Also called fever blister.

Origin of cold sore

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for cold sore

cold sore

noun
a cluster of blisters at the margin of the lips that sometimes accompanies the common cold, caused by a viral infectionTechnical name: herpes labialis
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Medical definitions for cold sore

cold sore

n.
A small blister occurring on the lips and face and caused by a herpes simplex virus.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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