herpes zoster


Examples of herpes zoster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lyrica — an anti-epileptic drug that is also used to treat pain caused by fibromyalgia as well as nerve pain in people with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), herpes zoster, or spinal cord injury — originated from research at Northwestern University. Roopa Ramamoorthi, STAT, 11 Aug. 2023 In 10% to 20% of cases, a shingles rash can affect the nose, forehead, or eyelids and lead to eye damage—also known as herpes zoster ophthalmicus, or ocular shingles. Alex Vance, Fortune Well, 26 Apr. 2023 What are the symptoms of herpes zoster? Korin Miller, Health.com, 21 Apr. 2021 That includes the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which causes mononucleosis, as well as human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), which causes the common childhood illness sixth disease, the herpes simplex viruses, and herpes zoster, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus that can cause shingles. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Between 1951 and 1974 Dr. Albert Kligman, a dermatologist at the University of Pennsylvania, deliberately infected inmates at Holmesburg Prison with herpes simplex, herpes zoster, vaccinia, papillomaviruses, staph aureus, and ringworm. Carl Elliott, The New York Review of Books, 3 June 2020 Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — which is the same virus responsible for chickenpox. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 10 Mar. 2023 Ramsay Hunt syndrome, also known as herpes zoster oticus, is a rare neurological disorder that is characterized by facial weakness or paralysis and a rash impacting the ear or mouth. L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune Well, 3 Mar. 2023 For around a third of these people, this same virus will reactivate years later and cause shingles, also called herpes zoster. Andrew Bubak, The Conversation, 20 Dec. 2022

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Word History


New Latin, literally, girdle herpes

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of herpes zoster was in 1807

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“Herpes zoster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpes%20zoster. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

herpes zoster

herpes zos·​ter -ˈzäs-tər How to pronounce herpes zoster (audio)

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