impetigo


im·pe·ti·go

noun \ˌim-pə-ˈtē-(ˌ)gō, -ˈtī-\

Definition of IMPETIGO

:  an acute contagious staphylococcal or streptococcal skin disease characterized by vesicles, pustules, and yellowish crusts

Origin of IMPETIGO

Middle English, from Latin, from impetere to attack — more at impetus
First Known Use: 14th century

im·pe·ti·go

noun \ˌim-pə-ˈtē-(ˌ)gō, -ˈtī-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IMPETIGO

: an acute contagious staphylococcal or streptococcal skin disease characterized by vesicles, pustules, and yellowish crusts

impetigo

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bacterial inflammatory skin disease, the most common skin infection in children. Initial blisters rupture, drying to a crust. Caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus, it is very contagious in newborns, becoming less so with age. Poor hygiene, crowding, and humid, hot weather may promote its spread. A broad-spectrum antibiotic applied to the blisters can treat simple impetigo; more extensive cases, especially in infants, may require a systemic antibiotic.

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