American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See shingles.
- n. pathology 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a herpes virus that causes shingles
- n. eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
- New Latin herpēs zōstēr : Latin herpēs, herpes + Greek zōstēr, girdle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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