chicken pox

noun

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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There’s a medical unit with three paramedics, two medical staffers and space to quarantine those who have contracted chicken pox, scabies and other communicable diseases. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Texas Border Patrol center where immigrant families are separated draws lawmakers, protest," 18 June 2018 Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shingrix® – A new, more effective Shingles vaccine available at Froedtert & MCW pharmacies," 7 May 2018 Shingles, which is triggered by dormant chicken pox virus, causes a painful blistering rash along with possible complications including searing nerve pain and pneumonia. CBS News, "CDC warns of shingles vaccine shortage," 29 June 2018 At the last minute, another 50 immigrants were quarantined because of a chicken pox outbreak at a detention center. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "New 'zero tolerance' immigration crackdown fills border courts," 18 May 2018 Anyone who has had chicken pox in their lifetime can develop shingles. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shingrix® – A new, more effective Shingles vaccine available at Froedtert & MCW pharmacies," 7 May 2018 Shingles — the adult version of chicken pox — is no fun. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Cracked Some Classic Dad Jokes About Coming Down With Shingles," 6 Apr. 2018 Most children must have shots for Polio, Hep B, Hep A, DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Acellular Pertussis vaccine), the flu, the chicken pox, and measles/mumps. Jackie Frere, Redbook, "Oregon Schools Just Held Their Annual "Immunization Exclusion Day"," 23 Feb. 2018 It's caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same one behind chicken pox. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Over the Age of 50 Needs the New Shingles Vaccine, Experts Say," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of chicken pox

1619, in the meaning defined above

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chicken pox

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chicken pox

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

chicken pox

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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

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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