An example of herpes is a virus that creates cold sores and fever blisters.
Origin of herpes
- Middle English from Latin herpēs from Greek from herpein to creep
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin herpes, from Ancient Greek ἕρπης (herpēs, “herpes; literally, a creeping”), from ἕρπειν (herpein, “to creep”).