Smallpox Definition

smôlpŏks
noun
An acute, highly contagious disease caused by a poxvirus and characterized by prolonged fever, vomiting, and pustular eruptions that often left pitted scars, or pockmarks, when healed: eradicated in the 1970s.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Smallpox

Noun

Singular:
smallpox
Plural:
smallpoxes

Origin of Smallpox

  • Early Modern English small pockes small pustules (as opposed to great pockes the great pox or syphilis) from pockes pl. of pock pock

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

  • From small +"Ž pox.

    From Wiktionary

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