herpes

noun her·pes \ ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz \
|Updated on: 29 May 2018

Definition of herpes

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

herpetic

play \(ˌ)hər-ˈpe-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of herpes

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


HERPES Defined for English Language Learners

herpes

Definition of herpes for English Language Learners

  • : a disease that causes painful spots on the skin


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herpes

noun her·pes \ ˈhər-(ˌ)pēz \

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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