Herpes meaning

hûr'pēz
The definition of herpes is a highly-infectious virus called the herpes simplex virus which creates sores on the body.
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Herpes 1 (HSV-1) is called oral herpes because visible symptoms appear as cold sores on the mouth or face. It is the most common form of herpes.
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Herpes 2 (HSV-2) is called genital herpes because it causes sores in the genital area and on the thighs.
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Once a person has been infected with the herpes simplex virus, it stays in the body forever. At the present time, there is no cure for herpes.
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The number of outbreaks for both types tends to decrease over time, so the longer you have it, the fewer number of recurrences.
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Infection occurs from direct contact with an infected person.
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HSV-2 (genital) recurs more frequently than HSV-1 (oral), HSV-1 (genital), and HSV-2 (oral).
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Many people with oral herpes (HSV-1) get it when they are children and by the time they are adults, it is so mild that they don’t consider it a health problem.
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Most people get genital herpes as teens or adults and in the first year will have between four and six outbreaks.

An example of herpes is a virus that creates cold sores and fever blisters.

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Any of several viral infections marked by the eruption of small vesicles on the skin or mucous membranes, especially herpes simplex.
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Any of several acute inflammatory diseases, esp. herpes simplex, caused by various herpesviruses and characterized by the eruption of small blisters on the skin and mucous membranes.
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Any of several viral infections marked by the eruption of small vesicles on the skin or mucous membranes, especially herpes simplex.
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Any of several infections caused by the herpes simplex virus of the genus Simplexvirus or by the varicella-zoster virus, a herpes virus of the genus Varicellavirus. Herpes infections are characterized by painful blisters on the skin or a mucous membrane and are highly contagious. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. Varicella-zoster infection is also called shingles.
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(medicine) A viral infection, caused by the Herpes simplex virus, marked by painful, watery blisters in the skin or mucous membranes or on the genitals.
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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”).
    From Wiktionary