Herpes-zoster meaning

A form of herpes that infects sensory nerves, causing pain and an eruption of blisters along the course of the affected nerve; shingles.
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(pathology) An acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pains and caused by reactivation of the poxvirus causing chicken pox.
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Origin of herpes-zoster

  • New Latin herpēs zōstēr Latin herpēs herpes Greek zōstēr girdle
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition