American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An acute viral infection characterized by inflammation of the sensory ganglia of certain spinal or cranial nerves and the eruption of vesicles along the affected nerve path. It usually strikes only one side of the body and is often accompanied by severe neuralgia. Also called herpes zoster.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutaneous disease, herpes zoster. See herpes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A kind of herpes (Herpes zoster) which spreads half way around the body like a girdle, and is usually attended with violent neuralgic pain.
- n. eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
- From Latin cingulus, variant of cingulum ("girdle"), translating Ancient Greek ζώνη, ζωστήρ. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, alteration (influenced by Old French cengles, pl. of cengle, shingles, and by Old French sengle, single, chingle, belt) of Medieval Latin cingulus (translation of Greek zōstēr, girdle, shingles, from the fact that the inflammation often extends around the middle of the body), variant of Latin cingulum, girdle, from cingere, to gird. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Because the virus that causes shingles is already in a person's body, others cannot get shingles from a person with shingles.”
“Architect-couple Michael Morris and Yoshiko Satori built a modern getaway on Shelter Island, N.Y. It's their answer to what they describe as the "shingles on steroids" homes in the Hamptons.”
“Those are what they call shingles, my lad," said Gunson.”
“You cannot get shingles from someone who has shingles; however, because shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, you can get chickenpox if you have not had chickenpox disease or a vaccine that provided protective immunity.”
“It occurs in shingles, because the virus that causes the illness, varicella, nests in the nerves.”
“City Police showed up Monday afternoon at the cemetery to find a hired worker peeling some of the worn shingles from the caretaker's house roof to make way for some long-needed repairs to the old, vacant and decaying property.”
“Adults who had chickenpox as a child are at risk for shingles, which is caused by the same virus.”
“He had something similar to what doctors now call shingles.”
“As for chicken pox, once you have had it you can get shingles, which is a most unpleasant disease - and one which can recur.”
“To the newest on the market which is for shingles, which is intended for people 60 and over.”
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