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noun Pathology.
  1. chickenpox.
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Origin of varicella

1765–75; < New Latin, equivalent to vari(ola) variola + -cella diminutive suffix
Related formsvar·i·cel·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for varicella


  1. the technical name for chickenpox
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Derived Formsvaricellar, adjective

Word Origin for varicella

C18: New Latin, irregular diminutive of variola
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Word Origin and History for varicella


Modern Latin (1764), irregular diminutive of variola (see variola).

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varicella in Medicine


  1. chickenpox
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varicella in Science


  1. See chickenpox.
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