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.
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How to use shingles in a sentence
It would be akin to the shingles vaccine, which prevents the painful reactivation of varicella-zoster virus in nerve cells.Multiple sclerosis has a common viral culprit, opening doors to new approaches | Erin Garcia de Jesús | August 11, 2022 | Science News
Freeman says she has seen an increase in the number of post-vaccine shingles cases, as well, although proof of a vaccine connection has not been established.Why covid arm and other post-vaccine rashes might actually be a ‘good thing’ | Marlene Cimons | April 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The woman had shingles and severe arthritis, and her eyesight and hearing were diminishing.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation | Nick Tabor | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He swapped fish caught in the Potomac for shingles, planks, nails, and rum for the field hands at harvest time.Washington Was Broke? Why Founding Fathers Were Strapped for Cash | Willard Sterne Randall | February 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Loss is grief, worry, insomnia, shingles, weeping, and just plain needing someone who is no longer there.
It was built of logs and roofed with rough cedar shingles hand-split on the spot.The Gold Trail | Harold Bindloss
Red or giant cedar, which rivals the Douglas fir in girth, is plentiful, and is used for shingles as well as for interior work.
You would think that a man with a wooden leg was having a fit on the shingles right over our heads.
The polite thing for him to do would be to step down on the shingles and walk around them, but does he do it?
He gives the nearest youngster a vicious peck that makes him jump in the air and land sprawling a few feet down on the shingles.
British Dictionary definitions for shingles
(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 nerve: Technical names: herpes zoster, zoster
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Scientific definitions for shingles
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