smallpox

[ smawl-poks ]
/ ˈsmɔlˌpɒks /

noun Pathology.

an acute, highly contagious, febrile disease, caused by the variola virus, and characterized by a pustular eruption that often leaves permanent pits or scars: eradicated worldwide by vaccination programs.

Origin of smallpox

First recorded in 1510–20; small + pox
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British Dictionary definitions for smallpox

smallpox
/ (ˈsmɔːlˌpɒks) /

noun

an acute highly contagious viral disease characterized by high fever, severe prostration, and a pinkish rash changing in form from papules to pustules, which dry up and form scabs that are cast off, leaving pitted depressionsTechnical name: variola Related adjective: variolous

Word Origin for smallpox

C16: from small + pox . So called to distinguish it from the Great Pox, an archaic name for syphilis
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Medicine definitions for smallpox

smallpox
[ smôlpŏks′ ]

n.

An acute, highly infectious, often fatal disease caused by a poxvirus and characterized by high fever and aches with subsequent widespread eruption of papules that blister, produce pus, and form scabs that leave permanent pockmarks.variola
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Science definitions for smallpox

smallpox
[ smôlpŏks′ ]

A highly infectious and often fatal disease caused by the variola virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus and characterized by fever, headache, and severely inflamed skin sores that result in extensive scarring. Once a dreaded killer of children that caused the deaths of millions of Native Americans after the arrival of European settlers in the Americas, smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980 following a worldwide vaccination campaign. Samples of the virus have been preserved in laboratories in the United States and Russia. Also called variola See Note at Jenner.
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Culture definitions for smallpox

smallpox

An acute and infectious disease caused by a virus and now almost completely eradicated. Smallpox was characterized by high fever and large sores on the body that leave scars.

notes for smallpox

A surface with many blemishes is sometimes said to be “pockmarked” because it resembles the skin of a smallpox sufferer.

notes for smallpox

Smallpox is the first disease of humans to be completely eradicated by a worldwide campaign of inoculation.

notes for smallpox

Today, the smallpox virus exists only in laboratories.

notes for smallpox

The use of smallpox is a major concern in the area of bioterrorism (see also bioterrorism).
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