chicken pox

noun
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

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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CHICKEN POX Defined for English Language Learners

chicken pox

Definition of chicken pox for English Language Learners

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


CHICKEN POX Defined for Kids

chicken pox

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Definition of chicken pox for Students

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

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chicken pox

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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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