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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Recent Examples on the Web After all, plenty of skin rashes spread through touch, like the kind impetigo can cause. Korin Mille, SELF, 1 Sep. 2021 Children with eczema are more prone to getting impetigo. Jessica Grose, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2020 Laila contracted pneumonia and impetigo, a skin infection that causes red sores on the face, hands and feet. Dallas News, 21 July 2019 Like Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus can cause impetigo. Korin Miller, SELF, 23 Feb. 2019 Between the sores and the crust, the two types of impetigo have a lot of grossness in common. Korin Miller, SELF, 23 Feb. 2019 Aaliyah's mom, Anais Monteagudo, said her daughter caught impetigo and cellulitis, the Miami Herald reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, 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, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impetigo. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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