herpes simplex

noun
herpes sim·​plex | \ -ˈsim-ˌpleks How to pronounce herpes simplex (audio) \

Definition of herpes simplex

: either of two diseases caused by herpesviruses (species Human herpesvirus 1 and Human herpesvirus 2 of the genus Simplexvirus) and marked especially by watery blisters on the skin or mucous membranes of the lips, mouth, face, or genital region

Examples of herpes simplex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When these experiments were repeated with mice infected with influenza A virus, encephalomyocarditis virus, herpes simplex virus-1, or coronavirus MHV-A59, only coronavirus MHV-A59 was linked to an upregulated expression of S100A8 and neutrophils. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Viruses such as herpes simplex 1, which causes cold sores and, less commonly, genital herpes, are considered endemic throughout the world. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2022 For example, some small studies during the pandemic offered hints that severe COVID-19 is associated with a quickening of latent cytomegalovirus or herpes simplex virus. Roxanne Khamsi, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 Shingles and herpes simplex are more devious, hibernating like a bear until severe stress wakes them up, often years later. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 About half the population of the U.S. is thought to have herpes simplex 1. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 Researchers already know that some conditions, such as HIV and herpes simplex, can cause brain inflammation that leads to cognitive decline, Isaacson said. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 The question then arose as to whether the microbe was a more virulent form of a common existing pathogen, such as ubiquitous herpes simplex, or if AIDS was caused by a new one. Kenneth H. Mayer, STAT, 7 June 2021 In the United States, bacterial infections can cause meningitis, as can enteroviruses, mumps and herpes simplex. New York Times, 3 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of herpes simplex

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herpes simplex

New Latin, literally, simple herpes

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“Herpes simplex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpes%20simplex. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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herpes simplex

noun
herpes sim·​plex | \ -ˈsim-ˌpleks How to pronounce herpes simplex (audio) \

Medical Definition of herpes simplex

: either of two viral diseases caused by herpesviruses of the genus Simplexvirus that are marked especially by watery blisters on the skin or mucous membranes of the lips, mouth, face, or genital region — see hsv-1, hsv-2

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