impetigo

noun
im·​pe·​ti·​go | \ ˌim-pə-ˈtē-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce impetigo (audio) , -ˈtī- How to pronounce impetigo (audio) \

Definition of impetigo

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

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Laila contracted pneumonia and impetigo, a skin infection that causes red sores on the face, hands and feet. Dallas News, "Protesters in North Texas call for Puerto Rico's governor to step down amid public anger," 21 July 2019 Like Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus can cause impetigo. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 Between the sores and the crust, the two types of impetigo have a lot of grossness in common. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 Aaliyah's mom, Anais Monteagudo, said her daughter caught impetigo and cellulitis, the Miami Herald reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Toddler's birthday at beach results in bacterial infections, mom says," 29 July 2018 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 How to pronounce impetigo (audio) , -ˈtī- How to pronounce impetigo (audio) \

Medical Definition of impetigo

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

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