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shingles

[ shing-guhlz ]
/ ˈʃɪŋ gəlz /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)Pathology.
a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, especially by reactivated virus in an older person, characterized by skin eruptions and pain along the course of involved sensory nerves.

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Also called herpes zoster.

Origin of shingles

1350–1400; <Medieval Latin cingulum (Latin: girdle; cf. cincture) translation of Greek zṓnēzone in its medical sense; see -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for shingles

shingles
/ (ˈʃɪŋɡəlz) /

noun
(functioning as singular) an acute viral disease affecting the ganglia of certain nerves, characterized by inflammation, pain, and skin eruptions along the course of the affected nerveTechnical names: herpes zoster, zoster

Word Origin for shingles

C14: from Medieval Latin cingulum girdle, rendering Greek zōnē zone
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Scientific definitions for shingles

shingles
[ shĭnggəlz ]

See under herpes.
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