shingles

noun

shin·​gles ˈshiŋ-gəlz How to pronounce shingles (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: an acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves that is associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pains and is caused by reactivation of the herpesvirus causing chicken pox

called also herpes zoster, zoster

Examples of shingles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone with Medicare drug coverage will get free adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, including the shingles and tetanus-diphtheria-whooping cough vaccines. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 21 Oct. 2022 Next year, seniors on Medicare will no longer have a copay for adult vaccinations, such as the shingles and pneumonia vaccines. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 16 Aug. 2022 Previously, some adult vaccines (such as the one for shingles) required a copayment in Medicare. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2022 While the annual flu shot can range from $50 to $95 at CVS for those without insurance, an MMR vaccine goes for $135, a shingles vaccine goes for $179, and meningitis vaccines are a little over $200. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 Nov. 2022 See all Example Sentences for shingles 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English schingles, by folk etymology from Medieval Latin cingulus, from Latin cingulum girdle — more at cingulum

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shingles was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shingles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shingles. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

shingles

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
shin·​gles ˈshiŋ-gəlz How to pronounce shingles (audio)
: an acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pain and caused by reactivation of the herpesvirus causing chicken pox

called also herpes zoster, zona, zoster

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