Definitions

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

  • noun A contagious skin infection, usually of children, that is caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria and is marked by superficial pustules and thick yellow crusts, commonly on the face.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In med.,a name formerly given to various pustular eruptions, and at present usually retained in the designation of two diseases, impetigo contagiosa and impetigo herpetiformis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A cutaneous, pustular eruption, not attended with fever; usually, a kind of eczema with pustulation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun pathology A contagious bacterial skin disease forming pustules and yellow crusty sores, chiefly on the face and hands. It is common in children and infection is often through cuts or insect bites.

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

  • noun a very contagious infection of the skin; common in children; localized redness develops into small blisters that gradually crust and erode

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin impetīgō, from impetere, to attack; see impetus.]

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From Latin impetīgo, from impetĕre (literally "to rush upon, assail, attack").

Examples

  • The two-time Hall County spelling champion misspelled the word impetigo, which is a contagious skin disease, in the eighth round of the competition.

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  • But you can also have impetigo, which is a staph or strep skin infection, which can be treated with antibiotics.

    CNN Transcript Jun 24, 2009

  • Every parent knows about "strep" -- the bacteria that causes sore throats, fevers and a rash called impetigo, mostly in children.

    A Mean Strain Of Strep

  • I had developed an opportunistic infection called impetigo that had spread along one side of my mouth, creating a nasty scab.

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  • I had developed an opportunistic infection called impetigo that had spread along one side of my mouth, creating a nasty scab.

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  • The diagnosis revealed a bacterial infection called impetigo affecting primarily the area around her eyes and nose.

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  • The diagnosis revealed a bacterial infection called impetigo affecting primarily the area around her eyes and nose.

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  • They also strengthen the company's position as it explores additional, first-in-class opportunities for the candidate drug and other compounds for the topical treatment of dermatological infections, such as impetigo and infected wounds and burns. "

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  • They also strengthen the company's position as it explores additional, first-in-class opportunities for the candidate drug and other compounds for the topical treatment of dermatological infections, such as impetigo and infected wounds and burns. "

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  • Sores, boils, impetigo and carbuncles are frequent.

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  • Certain forms of herpes can be and are frequently misdiagnosed as Impetigo. Make sure to question your doctor. See cold sore

    February 5, 2008