Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The two-time Hall County spelling champion misspelled the word impetigo, which is a contagious skin disease, in the eighth round of the competition.

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  • But you can also have impetigo, which is a staph or strep skin infection, which can be treated with antibiotics.

    CNN Transcript Jun 24, 2009

  • Every parent knows about "strep" -- the bacteria that causes sore throats, fevers and a rash called impetigo, mostly in children.

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  • I had developed an opportunistic infection called impetigo that had spread along one side of my mouth, creating a nasty scab.

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  • The diagnosis revealed a bacterial infection called impetigo affecting primarily the area around her eyes and nose.

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  • They also strengthen the company's position as it explores additional, first-in-class opportunities for the candidate drug and other compounds for the topical treatment of dermatological infections, such as impetigo and infected wounds and burns. "

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  • Sores, boils, impetigo and carbuncles are frequent.

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  • As I focused on their faces and bodies, I could see that many of them were growth stunted and some were microcephalic (small heads due to brain damage, malnutrition, infection); their faces were covered with molluscum contagiosum (virally mediated warts) and impetigo.

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  • Go away for a "lovely" two-week break and before you know it, you have got something inexplicable and revolting, such as impetigo or trenchfoot, and the inside of your belly button has started to smell biblical.

    It's my holiday. No kids allowed – ever!

  • Sure remembering your mat in the trunk of your car is hard but getting impetigo from putting your child's pose where someone else put their open-sore cobbler is much worse.

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  • Certain forms of herpes can be and are frequently misdiagnosed as Impetigo. Make sure to question your doctor. See cold sore

    February 5, 2008