chicken pox


Definition of chicken pox

: an acute contagious disease especially of children marked by low-grade fever and formation of vesicles and caused by a herpesvirus (species Human herpesvirus 3 of the genus Varicellovirus) — compare shingles

Examples of chicken pox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And chicken pox can cause shingles later in life, Galiasatos says. Erin Prater, Fortune, 8 May 2022 The Wonder Years Dean (Elisha Williams) comes down with chicken pox on his way to a hunting trip with Bill and Granddaddy Clisby (Dulé Hill and Richard Gant), so Lillian (Saycon Sengbloh) puts the three of them into quarantine together. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 That level of uptake is paltry compared with the percentages of children who are, by the age of 2, up-to-date on their shots against chicken pox (90.2), hepatitis B (90.6), measles (90.8), and polio (92.6). Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2022 Before the vaccine, between three and four million people in the U.S. contracted chicken pox every year. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 Nobody suffers anymore from chicken pox, hepatitis, shingles, or even the common cold. David Quammen, Magazine, 14 Jan. 2021 Mayo Clinic patients, those who’d received any of several vaccines within the past one to five years—including shots for chicken pox, flu, hepatitis, measles, pneumonia, and polio—had lower chances of COVID-19 infection. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2022 Before the varicella vaccine, chicken pox killed about seventy children in the U.S. every year. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 The thinking was that chicken pox was a mild disease for kids but worse for adults, and catching it early would provide a lifetime of natural immunity. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chicken pox

1691, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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Kids Definition of chicken pox

: a contagious illness especially of children in which there is fever and the skin breaks out in watery blisters

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Medical Definition of chicken pox

: an acute contagious disease especially of children that is marked by low-grade fever and formation of vesicles and that is caused by a herpesvirus of the genus Varicellovirus (species Human herpesvirus 3)

called also varicella

— see shingles

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