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

  • noun plural An acute viral infection characterized by inflammation of the sensory ganglia of certain spinal or cranial nerves and the eruption of vesicles along the affected nerve path. It usually strikes only one side of the body and is often accompanied by severe neuralgia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cutaneous disease, herpes zoster. See herpes.

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

  • noun (Med.) A kind of herpes (Herpes zoster) which spreads half way around the body like a girdle, and is usually attended with violent neuralgic pain.

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  • noun pathology, informal herpes zoster.
  • noun Plural form of shingle.

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  • noun eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia


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

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by Old French cengles, pl. of cengle, shingles, and by Old French sengle, single, chingle, belt) of Medieval Latin cingulus (translation of Greek zōstēr, girdle, shingles, from the fact that the inflammation often extends around the middle of the body), variant of Latin cingulum, girdle, from cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin cingulus, variant of cingulum ("girdle"), translating Ancient Greek ζώνη, ζωστήρ.


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  • Because the virus that causes shingles is already in a person's body, others cannot get shingles from a person with shingles.

    Shingles 2010

  • Architect-couple Michael Morris and Yoshiko Satori built a modern getaway on Shelter Island, N.Y. It's their answer to what they describe as the "shingles on steroids" homes in the Hamptons.

    Simple Shapes on Shelter Island Juliet Chung 2011

  • "Those are what they call shingles, my lad," said Gunson.

    To The West George Manville Fenn 1870

  • You cannot get shingles from someone who has shingles; however, because shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, you can get chickenpox if you have not had chickenpox disease or a vaccine that provided protective immunity.

    Shingles 2010

  • It occurs in shingles, because the virus that causes the illness, varicella, nests in the nerves. - Chronic pain: The enemy within 2005

  • City Police showed up Monday afternoon at the cemetery to find a hired worker peeling some of the worn shingles from the caretaker's house roof to make way for some long-needed repairs to the old, vacant and decaying property.

    Archive 2005-11-01 2005

  • Adults who had chickenpox as a child are at risk for shingles, which is caused by the same virus.

    Adults over 60 should get shingles vaccine, CDC recommends 2011

  • He had something similar to what doctors now call shingles.

    It’s Your Time Joel Osteen 2010

  • He had something similar to what doctors now call shingles.

    It’s Your Time Joel Osteen 2010

  • As for chicken pox, once you have had it you can get shingles, which is a most unpleasant disease - and one which can recur.

    A Perpoxing Question ewe are here 2008


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  • I had shingles as a child and the nerves were so inflamed and painful that even if someone yelled at me or upset me emotionally they would react in severe pain. Horrible doctor said it was related to Chickenpox.

    February 5, 2008