Origin of shinglesMiddle English schingles, altered ; from Medieval Latin cingulus ; from Classical Latin cingulum, a belt, girdle ; from cingere, to gird (see cinch): used in Medieval Latin as translated, translation of Classical Greek z?n?, girdle, shingles, probably from occurrence of the blisters around the middle of the body in many cases of the illness
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
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. Also called herpes zoster.
Origin of shinglesMiddle 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 z&omacron;st&emacron;r, 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.
- (pathology, informal) herpes zoster.
- plural form of shingle