[ poks ]
/ pɒks /

noun Pathology.

a disease characterized by multiple skin pustules, as smallpox.
Also called soil rot. Plant Pathology. a disease of sweet potatoes, characterized by numerous pitlike lesions on the roots, caused by a fungus, Streptomyces ipomoea.
(used as an interjection to express distaste, rejection, aversion, etc.): A pox on you and your bright ideas!


Origin of pox

1540–50 (earlier as surname); spelling variant of pocks, plural of pock
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British Dictionary definitions for pox


/ (pɒks) /


any disease characterized by the formation of pustules on the skin that often leave pockmarks when healed
the pox an informal name for syphilis
a pox on someone (interjection) archaic an expression of intense disgust or aversion for someone

Word Origin for pox

C15: changed from pocks, plural of pock
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Medicine definitions for pox


[ pŏks ]


A disease such as chickenpox or smallpox, characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pockmarks.
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