a contagious skin disease, especially of children, usually caused by streptococcal bacteria, marked by a superficial pustular eruption, particularly on the face.
- im·pe·tig·i·nous [im-pi-tij-uh-nuhs], /ˌɪm pɪˈtɪdʒ ə nəs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for impetigo
a contagious bacterial skin disease characterized by the formation of pustules that develop into yellowish crusty sores
- impetiginous (ˌɪmpɪˈtɪdʒɪnəs), adjective
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Scientific definitions for impetigo
A contagious skin infection caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria and seen most commonly in children. Impetigo is characterized by superficial pustules that rupture and form thick yellow crusts, usually on the face.
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