from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See shingles.
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- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. same as shingles; -- a form of herpes caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a herpes virus that causes shingles
- n. eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
New Latin herpēs zōstēr : Latin herpēs, herpes + Greek zōstēr, girdle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)