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pox

noun \ ˈpäks \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pox

plural pox or poxes
1 a : 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

poxy

play \ˈpäk-sē\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pox

alteration of pocks, plural of pock


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pox

verb

Definition of pox

transitive verb
archaic
: to infect with a pox and especially with syphilis

First Known Use of pox

1601


POX Defined for English Language Learners

pox

noun

Definition of pox for English Language Learners

  • : a disease that causes a rash on the skin

  • —used to say that you hope something bad will happen to someone or something


Medical Dictionary

pox

noun \ ˈpäks \

medical Definition of pox

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


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