Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See chickenpox.

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  • n. chickenpox

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Chicken pox.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A specific contagious disease, usually of childhood, characterized by an eruption of vesicles of moderate size, filled with a clear, slightly yellowish fluid; chicken-pox: swine-pox.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body

Etymologies

New Latin, diminutive of variola, variola; see variola.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A virus called varicella zoster lies dormant in the body before emerging later in life when the immune system wanes.

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  • Dr. Festus Akinbami, a consultant paediatrician at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, described chickenpox as a disease that is caused by a virus called varicella zoster.

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  • The shot you're talking about is an immunization against a virus called the varicella-zoster virus.

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  • I understand why people are fearful of pox; varicella is an airborne disease, and toddlers aren’t good at covering their mouths or washing their hands.

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  • Since 2005, three new vaccines have been added to the list of recommended vaccines for adolescents along with an additional dose of varicella, which is designed to protect against chicken pox.

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  • Also, the virus - called varicella - can reactivate in people later in life and cause a painful illness called shingles.

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  • Chicken pox, real name varicella, is caused by the varicella zoster virus.

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  • The culprit is a germ called the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the chickenpox virus.

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  • Stroke is a known complication of chickenpox, a viral disease also called varicella, the study team points out.

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  • You are correct that chickenpox (also called varicella) does still exist, both in the United States and all over the world.

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