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 nounused 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 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.
- (pathology, informal) herpes zoster.
- plural form of shingle