herpes

noun

her·​pes ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce herpes (audio)
: any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin caused by herpesviruses and characterized by clusters of vesicles
especially : herpes simplex
herpetic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kelly could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars more to pay for herpes treatment and counseling for a second victim once the final tally is calculated. Tom Hays, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 Kelly could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars more to pay for herpes treatment and counseling for a second victim once the final tally is calculated. CBS News, 28 Sep. 2022 Kelly could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars more to pay for herpes treatment and counseling for a second victim once the final tally is calculated. Tom Hays, ajc, 28 Sep. 2022 The money will compensate two women, known as Jane and Stephanie, for the costs of therapy and herpes treatment, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly said at a hearing in Brooklyn. Reuters, NBC News, 28 Sep. 2022 Kelly could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars more to pay for herpes treatment and counseling for a second victim once the final tally is calculated. Tom Hays, Chicago Tribune, 28 Sep. 2022 Epstein-Barr and its cousins, including the viruses that cause chickenpox and herpes, can hibernate inside your cells for decades. Liz Szabo, CNN, 18 Oct. 2022 Tomato flu is diagnosed after tests have ruled out dengue, chikungunya, Zika, chickenpox and herpes. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2022 Monkeypox cases may resemble chickenpox, herpes or syphilis, so the CDC recommends that anyone who develops symptoms associated with those illnesses get checked for monkeypox. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 25 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, from Greek herpēs, from herpein to creep — more at serpent

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of herpes was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Herpes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpes. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

herpes

noun

her·​pes ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce herpes (audio)
: any of several virus diseases (as herpes simplex) marked by the formation of blisters on the skin or mucous membranes and caused by herpesviruses

Medical Definition

herpes

noun

her·​pes ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce herpes (audio)
: any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin caused by herpesviruses and characterized by clusters of vesicles
especially : herpes simplex

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