an acute, contagious viral disease, usually of young children, characterized by fever and eruptions; varicella
Origin of chickenpoxprobably so named with reference, refer to its mildness as compared with smallpox
or chicken pox
An acute contagious disease, primarily of children, that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and characterized by skin eruptions, slight fever, and malaise. Also called varicella.
Origin of chickenpoxPerhaps in allusion to the mildness of the disease as contrasted with smallpox.
(usually uncountable, plural chickenpoxes)