from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A contagious bacterial skin infection, usually of children, that is characterized by the eruption of superficial pustules and the formation of thick yellow crusts, commonly on the face.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A contagious bacterial skin disease forming pustules and yellow crusty sores, chiefly on the face and hands. It is common in children and infection is often through cuts or insect bites.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cutaneous, pustular eruption, not attended with fever; usually, a kind of eczema with pustulation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In med.,a name formerly given to various pustular eruptions, and at present usually retained in the designation of two diseases, impetigo contagiosa and impetigo herpetiformis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very contagious infection of the skin; common in children; localized redness develops into small blisters that gradually crust and erode
Middle English, from Latin impetīgō, from impetere, to attack; see impetus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin impetīgo, from impetĕre (literally "to rush upon, assail, attack"). (Wiktionary)