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shingles

noun plural but singular in construction shin·gles \ˈshiŋ-gəlz\

medical : a disease that causes pain and red marks on your skin along the path of a nerve

Full Definition of SHINGLES

:  an acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves that is associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pains and is caused by reactivation of the herpesvirus causing chicken pox —called also herpes zoster, zoster
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Origin of SHINGLES

Middle English schingles, by folk etymology from Medieval Latin cingulus, from Latin cingulum girdle — more at cingulum
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Dictionary

shingles

noun plural but singular in construction shin·gles \ˈshiŋ-gəlz\

Medical Definition of SHINGLES

:  an acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pain and caused by reactivation of the herpesvirus causing chicken pox—called also herpes zoster, zona, zoster

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