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herpes

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noun her·pes \ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz\

Simple Definition of herpes

  • : a disease that causes painful spots on the skin

Full Definition of herpes

  1. :  any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin caused by herpesviruses and characterized by clusters of vesicles; especially :  herpes simplex

her·pet·ic play \(ˌ)hər-ˈpe-tik\ adjective

Origin of herpes

Latin, from Greek herpēs, from herpein to creep — more at serpent


First Known Use: 14th century


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herpes

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noun her·pes \ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz\

Medical Definition of herpes

  1. :  any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin caused by herpesviruses and characterized by clusters of vesicles; especially :  herpes simplex




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