fifth disease

[ fifthdi-zeez ]
/ ˈfɪfθ dɪˌziz /

noun

Pathology. a mild infection, most often seen in children or young adults, caused by a small virus (the human parvovirus B19 ) and marked by a blotchy rash on the cheeks, arms, and legs.

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Origin of fifth disease

so called because it was the fifth in a classification scheme of childhood eruptive diseases
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British Dictionary definitions for fifth disease

fifth disease

noun

a mild infectious disease of childhood, caused by a virus, characterized by fever and a red rash spreading from the cheeks to the limbs and trunkAlso called: slapped-cheek disease Technical name: erythema infectiosum

Word Origin for fifth disease

C20: from its being among the five most common childhood infections
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Medical definitions for fifth disease

fifth disease

n.

erythema infectiosum
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