Chickenpox definition

chĭkən-pŏks
An acute contagious disease, primarily of children, that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and characterized by skin eruptions, slight fever, and malaise.
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An acute, contagious viral disease, usually of young children, characterized by fever and eruptions; varicella.
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An acute contagious disease, primarily of children, that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and characterized by skin eruptions, slight fever, and malaise.
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A highly contagious infectious disease, usually of children, caused by the varicella-zoster virus of the genus Varicellavirus. The infection is characterized by fever, and itching skin blisters that start on the trunk of the body and spread to the extremities.
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(pathology) A common childhood disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chickenpox
Plural:
chickenpoxes

Origin of chickenpox

  • Perhaps in allusion to the mildness of the disease as contrasted with smallpox

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary