smallpox

noun small·pox \ ˈsmȯl-ˌpäks \

Definition of smallpox

:an acute contagious febrile disease of humans that is caused by a poxvirus (species Variola virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus), is characterized by a skin eruption with pustules, sloughing, and scar formation, and is believed to have been eradicated globally by widespread vaccination called also variola

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First Known Use of smallpox

circa 1562


SMALLPOX Defined for English Language Learners

smallpox

noun

Definition of smallpox for English Language Learners

  • : a serious disease that causes fever and a rash and often death


SMALLPOX Defined for Kids

smallpox

noun small·pox \ ˈsmȯl-ˌpäks \

Definition of smallpox for Students

:a sometimes deadly disease in which fever and skin rash occur and which is believed to have been wiped out worldwide by vaccination

Medical Dictionary

smallpox

noun small·pox \ ˈsmȯl-ˌpäks \

medical Definition of smallpox

:an acute contagious febrile disease of humans that is caused by a poxvirus of the genus Orthopoxvirus (species Variola virus), is characterized by skin eruption with pustules, sloughing, and scar formation, and is believed to have been eradicated globally by widespread vaccination called also variola; see variola major, variola minor


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