shingles

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noun, plural in form but singular in construction shin·gles \ˈshiŋ-gəlz\

Definition of shingles

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of shingles

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


First Known Use: 14th century


SHINGLES Defined for English Language Learners

shingles

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noun, plural in form but singular in construction shin·gles \ˈshiŋ-gəlz\

Definition of shingles for English Language Learners

  • medical : a disease that causes pain and red marks on your skin along the path of a nerve


Medical Dictionary

shingles

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noun plural but singular in construction shin·gles \ˈshiŋ-gəlz\

Medical Definition of shingles

  1. :  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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