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 They have also been associated with herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), the virus that causes cold sores on the mouth and is present in 80 percent of people over 65. Washington Post, "Large-scale global study to investigate links between covid-19 and cognitive decline," 5 Jan. 2021 One prevailing theory is that herpes simplex virus may be the culprit. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Bell's palsy among COVID-19 trial participants likely unrelated to Pfizer vaccine," 15 Dec. 2020 However, the inflammation can also be caused by viruses, including varicella zoster (chickenpox) and herpes simplex virus. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "‘Dancing With the Stars' Celeb Jeannie Mai Diagnosed With Epiglottitis—Here’s What to Know About the Condition," 2 Nov. 2020 Herpes viruses include not only herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2 – which cause oral and genital herpes – but also chickenpox. William Petri, The Conversation, "Does coronavirus linger in the body? What we know about how viruses in general hang on in the brain and testicles," 31 July 2020 Casanova has spent the past 25 years scanning the genomes of young people who were inexplicably debilitated by commonplace pathogens like the herpes simplex and varicella zoster viruses (which cause cold sores and chickenpox, respectively). Quanta Magazine, "Our Genes May Explain Severity of COVID-19 and Other Infections," 27 July 2020 Viral persistence is seen in HIV, chronic hepatitis, chickenpox/shingles and herpes simplex, and Epstein-Barr. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "How Long Does Coronavirus Last? What to Expect if You Contract COVID-19," 8 July 2020 For other viral diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, antiviral drugs can both treat patients who are ill and prevent others from becoming infected. William A. Haseltine, Scientific American, "Lessons for COVID-19 from the Early Days of AIDS," 6 July 2020 Similarly, drugs that are used to treat the herpes simplex virus aren't effective against other herpes viruses. NBC News, "Why are viruses hard to kill? Virologists explain why these tiny parasites are so tough to treat," 7 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'herpes simplex.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of herpes simplex

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herpes simplex

New Latin, literally, simple herpes

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about herpes simplex

Time Traveler for herpes simplex

Time Traveler

The first known use of herpes simplex was in 1907

See more words from the same year

Statistics for herpes simplex

Last Updated

22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Herpes simplex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpes%20simplex. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for herpes simplex

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

More from Merriam-Webster on herpes simplex

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about herpes simplex

Comments on herpes simplex

What made you want to look up herpes simplex? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!