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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See shingles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pains and caused by reactivation of the poxvirus causing chicken pox.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. same as shingles; -- a form of herpes caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a herpes virus that causes shingles
  • n. eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia

Etymologies

New Latin herpēs zōstēr : Latin herpēs, herpes + Greek zōstēr, girdle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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