impetigo

noun
im·pe·ti·go | \ˌim-pə-ˈtē-(ˌ)gō, -ˈtī- \

Definition of impetigo 

: an acute contagious staphylococcal or streptococcal skin disease characterized by vesicles, pustules, and yellowish crusts

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Less often, but more worrisome is that the infection can expand, such as with impetigo or cellulitis, and can seed into the bloodstream with the potential to cause sepsis. Judy Schaechter, M.d., miamiherald, "Body art to be even more popular in future as kids emulate their tattooed parents," 29 May 2018 These infectious diseases that can be transmitted by close body contact in or out of sports include: skin diseases (impetigo and other staph aureus and strep skin diseases). Philly.com, "How we can prevent the spread of infectious diseases in youth sports," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of impetigo

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impetigo

Middle English, from Latin, from impetere to attack — more at impetus

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impetigo

noun
im·pe·ti·go | \ˌim-pə-ˈtē-(ˌ)gō, -ˈtī- \

Medical Definition of impetigo 

: an acute contagious staphylococcal or streptococcal skin disease characterized by vesicles, pustules, and yellowish crusts

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