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 For instance, speakers at the AAIC drew attention to potential links between Alzheimer’s and infections, such as the herpes simplex virus, as well as the merits and detriments of exercise on disease progression. Kevin Hrusovsky, Quartz, "The most promising breakthrough in Alzheimer’s treatment is not a drug," 14 Nov. 2019 Nearly two-thirds of the global population is infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), according to a recent report released by the World Health Organization. Kristine Thomason, Health.com, "How to Tell if You Have Herpes," 29 Oct. 2019 He eventually was diagnosed with herpes simplex encephalitis, a virus that causes cerebral dysfunction. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "After illness, Lakota East softball coach Steve Castner recuperating, hoping for return," 13 Sep. 2019 The boyfriend’s test, taken under Cochran’s supervision, showed infection with herpes simplex virus. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "State Supreme Court says a doctor can be negligent when his patient spreads disease," 12 July 2019 In fact, the UCSD team also found reworked host-cell messages that had been infected with herpes simplex virus-2, which is related to CMV. Quanta Magazine, "Viruses Find a New Way to Hijack Cells," 6 Dec. 2016 Short for herpes simplex virus, HSV comes in two varieties. Karen Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Yes, President Trump, there is a difference between HIV and HPV. Here's a handy tipsheet," 21 May 2018 The university has acknowledged that there were serious problems with Halford’s work, and its medical school has halted all herpes simplex virus research. Amanda Schaffer, WIRED, "The Dying Scientist and His Rogue Vaccine Trial," 1 May 2018

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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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28 Nov 2019

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“Herpes simplex.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpes%20simplex. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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