hand, foot and mouth disease

noun

Definition of hand, foot and mouth disease

: a usually mild contagious disease especially of young children that is caused by an enterovirus (species Human enterovirus A, especially serotype Human coxsackievirus A16) and is characterized by vesicular lesions chiefly in the mouth and on the hands and feet — compare foot-and-mouth disease

Examples of hand, foot and mouth disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some, such as the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease, go from person to person via unwashed hands. NBC News, 20 July 2021 Beau’s lines, for instance, have been seen in people who had the flu or hand, foot and mouth disease. Washington Post, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of hand, foot and mouth disease

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Hand, foot and mouth disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%2C%20foot%20and%20mouth%20disease. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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hand, foot and mouth disease

noun

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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