cold sore

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  1. a vesicular eruption on the face, usually on or near the mouth, often accompanying a cold or a febrile condition; herpes simplex.

Origin of cold sore

First recorded in 1905–10
Also called fever blister. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cold sore

canker, lesion

British Dictionary definitions for cold sore

cold sore

  1. 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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cold sore in Medicine

cold sore

  1. A small blister occurring on the lips and face and caused by a herpes simplex virus.
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