from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A belt or girdle worn by men in ancient Greece.
- n. Herpes zoster.
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- n. An ancient Greek waist-belt for men.
- n. The disease called herpes zoster (from the typically beltlike pattern of its rash); shingles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Shingles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient Greek costume, a belt or girdle; originally, a warriors' belt round the loins, afterward any girdle or zone, but chiefly one of a kind worn by men.
- n. Same as herpes zoster (which see, under herpes).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
Shingles is sometimes called herpes "zoster", a Greek word meaning "girdle" or "belt", which describes the appearance of the rash.
The doctors told her that it was herpes zoster, which is caused by the same virus as chicken pox.
The first one is for varicella zoster, which is shingles.
Isada NB, Parr DP, Johnson MP, Straus SE, Holzgreve W, Qureshi F, Evans MI: In utero diagnosis of congenital varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection by chorionic villus sampling (CVS) using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
Shingles is caused by the Varicella zoster virus, or VZV, the same virus that causes chicken pox, and it only strikes people who have had chicken pox in the past.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, often starts as pain, burning, numbness or tingling, followed by an itchy, often excruciating red rash a few days later.
Nearly one out of three people in the USA will develop shingles, a painful and potentially serious condition also known as herpes zoster, the CDC says.
Shingles, or herpes zoster, is caused by the reactivation of the chicken pox virus and characterized by a painful blistery rash that erupts along the nerves.
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox.
An excellent case in point is the vaccine for shingles (herpes zoster).
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