herpes

noun
her·​pes | \ ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce herpes (audio) \

Definition of herpes

: any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin caused by herpesviruses and characterized by clusters of vesicles especially : herpes simplex

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Other Words from herpes

herpetic \ (ˌ)hər-​ˈpe-​tik How to pronounce herpes (audio) \ adjective

Examples of herpes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Faith went to a clinic and was diagnosed with herpes. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 Prosecutors in Brooklyn allege that Kelly knowingly infected women with herpes, in violation of public health laws that require people who have an infectious venereal disease to notify their partners about their diagnosis. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 22 Aug. 2021 She was found off the Keys on March 17, entangled in fishing trap line and covered with fibropapilloma, debilitating tumors that develop from a herpes-like virus that affects sea turtles around the world. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 She was found off the Keys March 17, entangled in fishing trap line and covered with fibropapilloma, debilitating tumors that develop from a herpes-like virus that affects sea turtles around the world. orlandosentinel.com, 24 July 2021 Officials in Florida debated last year what to do over a rapidly multiplying population of rhesus monkeys — an emerging tourist attraction — many of which carried the herpes B virus. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 The earliest documentation of McGrath prescribing the herpes treatment drug, Valtrex, was in March 2007, according to a medical record that prosecutors presented in court. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 And more than ever before, herpes, or HSV, doesn’t have to change your life. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 6 Aug. 2021 Mittal said there are concerns in the U.S. about the spread of the monkey virus, particularly in the Silver Springs State Park in Florida where herpes-carrying rhesus macaques are growing in size on the banks of the Silver River near Ocala. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of herpes

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herpes

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

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

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18 Sep 2021

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“Herpes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpes. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for herpes

herpes

noun

English Language Learners Definition of herpes

: a disease that causes painful spots on the skin

herpes

noun
her·​pes | \ ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce herpes (audio) \

Medical Definition of herpes

: any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin caused by herpesviruses and characterized by clusters of vesicles especially : herpes simplex

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