pox

noun
\ ˈpäks How to pronounce pox (audio) \
plural pox or poxes

Definition of pox

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a virus disease (such as chicken pox) characterized by pustules or eruptions
b archaic : smallpox
c : syphilis
2 : a disastrous evil : plague, curse a pox on him

pox

verb
poxed; poxing; poxes

Definition of pox (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

archaic
: to infect with a pox and especially with syphilis

Other Words from pox

Noun

poxy \ ˈpäk-​sē How to pronounce pox (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plus, there is a risk of long-term complications if the pox lesions develop in areas around the eye or GI tract. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 31 July 2022 Symptoms of monkeypox infection include fever, muscle pain and a rash or pox-like blisters. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Monkeypox was thought to present as a body-wide rash, but in the current outbreak, most patients have developed only a few pox, primarily in the genital area. Apoorva Mandavilli, BostonGlobe.com, 14 July 2022 That delay in confirming pox cases is worrying experts. David Axe, Rolling Stone, 12 June 2022 The world should be prepared to see more pox diseases as the population immunized against smallpox declines over time, Anne Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said in an interview. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 Monkeypox was thought to present as a body-wide rash, but in the current outbreak, most patients have developed only a few pox, primarily in the genital area. New York Times, 8 July 2022 The virus is also transmitted by contact with clothes or linens that have touched infected rashes or pox, the CDC said. Alexander Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2022 Sizable portions report no pre-rash symptoms at all and rashes begin in genital and anal areas, sometimes not spreading elsewhere, and some patients are reported to have had just one or two pox. Robert Hart, Forbes, 1 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pox

Noun

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pox

Noun

alteration of pocks, plural of pock

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“Pox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pox. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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pox

noun
\ ˈpäks How to pronounce pox (audio) \
plural pox or poxes

Medical Definition of pox

1 : a virus disease (as chicken pox) characterized by pustules or eruptions
2 archaic : smallpox
3 : syphilis

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