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/ 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

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(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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Medical definitions for shingles

[ shĭnggəlz ]


An acute infection caused by a herpesvirus and characterized by inflammation of the sensory ganglia of certain spinal or cranial nerves and the eruption of vesicles along the affected nerve path. It usually strikes only one side of the body and is often accompanied by severe neuralgia.herpes zoster zona zoster
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Scientific definitions for shingles

[ shĭnggəlz ]

See under herpes.
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