from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An acute, highly infectious, often fatal disease caused by a poxvirus and characterized by high fever and aches with subsequent widespread eruption of pimples that blister, produce pus, and form pockmarks. Also called variola.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An acute, highly infectious often fatal disease caused by a virus of the family Poxviridae. It was completely eradicated in the 1970s. Those who survived were left with pockmarks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A contagious, constitutional, febrile disease characterized by a peculiar eruption; variola. The cutaneous eruption is at first a collection of papules which become vesicles (first flat, subsequently umbilicated) and then pustules, and finally thick crusts which slough after a certain time, often leaving a pit, or scar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An acute, highly contagious disease, fatal in between one third and one fourth of unvaccinated cases.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
From small + pox. (Wiktionary)