Dictionary.com

pox

[ poks ]
/ pɒks /
Save This Word!

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!
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of pox

1540–50 (earlier as surname); spelling variant of pocks, plural of pock
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use pox in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pox

pox
/ (pɒks) /

noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for pox

pox
[ pŏks ]

n.
A disease such as chickenpox or smallpox, characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pockmarks.
Syphilis.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK