herpes simplex

noun
herpes sim·plex | \-ˈsim-ˌpleks \

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

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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

noun
herpes sim·plex | \-ˈsim-ˌpleks \

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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