any of certain skin diseases characterized by the eruption of pustules, esp., a contagious disease of this kind, caused by staphylococci and streptococci
Origin of impetigoClassical Latin from impetere, to attack: see impetus
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.
Origin of impetigoMiddle English from Latin impetīgō from impetere to attack ; see impetus .
From Latin impetīgo, from impetĕre (literally “to rush upon, assail, attack”).