Impetigo Definition

Any of certain skin diseases characterized by the eruption of pustules, esp., a contagious disease of this kind, caused by staphylococci and streptococci.
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Origin of Impetigo

  • Middle English from Latin impetīgō from impetere to attack impetus

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

  • From Latin impetīgo, from impetĕre (literally “to rush upon, assail, attack”).

    From Wiktionary

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