any of a group of viral diseases characterized by pustular eruptions, including smallpox, cowpox, and horsepox
Origin of variolaModern Latin from ML, a pustule, probably altered (based on Classical Latin varius, various, mottled: see vary) from Classical Latin varus, pustule, pimple: see varix
Origin of variolaNew Latin from Medieval Latin pustule from Latin varius speckled
(usually uncountable, plural variolas)
- (pathology) smallpox
From Medieval Latin or Medical Latin variola, from Latin varius.