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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An acute contagious disease, primarily of children, that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and characterized by skin eruptions, slight fever, and malaise.

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  • noun pathology A common childhood disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3).

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps in allusion to the mildness of the disease as contrasted with smallpox.]

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chicken +‎ pox

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