shingles

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shin·gles

noun plural but singular in construction \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

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

shin·gles

noun plural but singular in construction \ˈshiŋ-gəlz\   (Medical Dictionary)

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

shingles

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Acute viral skin and nerve infection. Groups of small blisters appear along certain nerve segments, most often on the back, sometimes after a dull ache at the site; pain becomes more severe when the blisters break out. Caused by the same virus as chickenpox, it probably results from reactivation of seemingly inactive virus in a partially immune person. Spontaneous recovery from the infection usually occurs within two weeks, but neuralgia may last months or even years longer.

Variants of SHINGLES

shingles or herpes zoster

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