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

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Recent Examples on the Web Health officials recognize this constant traffic makes the community especially vulnerable to communicable diseases such as chicken pox. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Near world's largest border crossing, Tijuana shelters eye the new coronavirus with worry," 14 Mar. 2020 The regulation enables the government to take stronger measures against the spread of certain diseases, such as tuberculosis and chicken pox. Washington Post, "Hong Kong to add mystery illness to reportable diseases," 7 Jan. 2020 So let’s compare the transmission rates, incubation periods, death rates and more for the coronavirus, chicken pox, flu and common cold. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "How does coronavirus compare to common illnesses like flu? And how can you tell difference? Live video at 2:30 p.m.," 11 Feb. 2020 But this is simply a part of the immune response to the vaccine and isn’t the same as actually getting sick with the chicken pox. Anna Borges, SELF, "10 Common Questions You Might Have About Vaccinating Your Kids," 26 Aug. 2019 California requires schoolchildren to be inoculated against infectious diseases, including measles, mumps, chicken pox, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and rubella. Bob Egelko,, "Disciplinary charges filed against Santa Rosa doctor who exempted kids from vaccines," 31 Jan. 2020 Tests can check for immunity against most of the conditions recommended for kids, like hepatitis A, B, and C; chicken pox; and measles, mumps, and rubella. Anna Borges, SELF, "Here’s How to Make Sure You’re Up to Date on All Your Vaccines," 26 Aug. 2019 The Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment previously worked with ICE and the GEO Group to provide recommendations on preventing the spread of mumps and chicken pox. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "25 people quarantined at Aurora ICE detention facility due to scabies outbreak," 9 Dec. 2019 The mumps and chicken pox outbreaks triggered a hunger strike by detainees in March and led to calls for congressional oversight. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "25 people quarantined at Aurora ICE detention facility due to scabies outbreak," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of chicken pox

1619, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Chicken pox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chicken pox

: a disease that often affects children and that causes a fever and red spots on the skin

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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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