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herpes simplex

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noun herpes sim·plex \-ˈsim-ˌpleks\

Definition of herpes simplex

  1. :  either of two diseases caused by herpesviruses (species Human herpesvirus 1 and Human herpesvirus 2 of the genus Simplexvirus) and marked especially by watery blisters on the skin or mucous membranes of the lips, mouth, face, or genital region



Origin and Etymology of herpes simplex

New Latin, literally, simple herpes


First Known Use: 1907

Rhymes with herpes simplex


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herpes simplex

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noun herpes sim·plex \-ˈsim-ˌpleks\

Medical Definition of herpes simplex

  1. :  either of two viral diseases caused by herpesviruses of the genus Simplexvirus that are marked especially by watery blisters on the skin or mucous membranes of the lips, mouth, face, or genital region—see hsv-1, hsv-2




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