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herpes

noun her·pes \ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz\

: a disease that causes painful spots on the skin

Full Definition of HERPES

:  any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin caused by herpesviruses and characterized by clusters of vesicles; especially :  herpes simplex
her·pet·ic \(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

noun her·pes \ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz\

Medical Definition of HERPES

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

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