from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A recurrent viral disease caused by the herpes simplex virus, type one, and marked by the eruption of fluid-containing vesicles on the mouth, lips, or face.
- n. A recurrent viral disease caused by the herpes simplex virus, type two, and marked by the eruption of fluid-containing vesicles on the genitals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A viral disease caused by Herpes simplex viruses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. either of two forms of herpesvirus infection, distinguished as being caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which causes mostly sores and eruptions around the mouth (cold sores and fever blisters) and at other points above the waist, and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), causing genital herpes. HSV-1 is also known in some cases to cause genital herpes infections.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus; affects the skin and nervous system; produces small temporary (but sometimes painful) blisters on the skin and mucous membranes
- n. a herpes virus that affects the skin and nervous system
New Latin herpēs simplex : Latin herpēs, herpes + Latin simplex, simple.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)