from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several viral diseases causing the eruption of small blisterlike vesicles on the skin or mucous membranes, especially herpes simplex or herpes zoster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A viral infection, caused by the Herpes simplex virus, marked by painful, watery blisters in the skin or mucous membranes or on the genitals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An eruption of the skin, taking various names, according to its form, or the part affected, caused by a herpesvirus infection; especially, an eruption of vesicles in small distinct clusters, accompanied with itching or tingling, including shingles, ringworm, and the like; -- so called from its tendency to creep or spread from one part of the skin to another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutaneous affection, also occurring sometimes on mucous membranes, characterized by the appearance of patches of distinct vesicles. Several forms of herpes are named, of which the principal are those given below.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In entomology, a genus of weevils, of the family Curculionidæ, having as type H. porcellos, of Asiatic Turkey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin
- n. viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane
Middle English, from Latin herpēs, from Greek, from herpein, to creep.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin herpes, from Ancient Greek ἕρπης (herpēs, "herpes; literally, a creeping"), from ἕρπειν (herpein, "to creep"). (Wiktionary)