hand, foot and mouth disease
Medical Definition of hand, foot and mouth disease
: a usually mild contagious viral disease especially of young children that is characterized by fever, malaise, sore throat, and typically painful fluid-filled blisters in the mouth, on the hands and feet, and sometimes in the diaper-covered area and is caused by an enterovirus (species Enterovirus A, especially serotype coxsackievirus A16) <Experts said hand, foot and mouth disease is very contagious, but as it hardly ever causes any serious problems, kids who get it don't need to be isolated.—Tony Cappasso, The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois), 6 Mar. 1997>—compare foot-and-mouth disease
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