varicella

noun
var·​i·​cel·​la | \ ˌver-ə-ˈse-lə How to pronounce varicella (audio) , ˌva-rə- \

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Recent Examples on the Web Last Friday, Bieber revealed via an Instagram video that he has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome—a condition that occurs when a varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 June 2022 The varicella-zoster virus remains in the body long after chicken pox has passed and can later reactivate as shingles. Ebony Williams, ajc, 11 June 2022 The syndrome itself is not contagious, but a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus could cause chickenpox in people who have not previously been vaccinated for it or had the condition. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 Treatment/vaccine status: Two-dose varicella vaccine for children 12 months and older; shingles vaccine for adults 50 and older; antivirals can reduce disease severity and accelerate healing if infected. USA Today, 23 May 2022 In the most recent school year, kindergartners had a 93.9% vaccination rate for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), 93.6% for diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis, and 93.6% for varicella. Virginia Langmaid, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 Treatment/vaccine status: Two-dose varicella vaccine for children 12 months and older; shingles vaccine for adults 50 and older; antivirals can reduce disease severity and accelerate healing if infected. AZCentral.com, 5 May 2022 Both varicella-zoster—the proper name for the chicken-pox virus—and the coronavirus are spread through the air, and both can be contagious before any symptoms are evident. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 These include a host of herpes viruses such as cytomegalovirus, a lifelong presence in 50 to 80 percent of U.S. adults; and the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chicken pox and shingles. Roxanne Khamsi, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of varicella

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for varicella

borrowed from New Latin, from vari- (in variola variola) + Medieval Latin -cella, diminutive suffix (extracted from nouns such as nāvicella, diminutive of Latin nāvicula "boat," diminutive of nāvis "ship")

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20 Jun 2022

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“Varicella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/varicella. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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varicella

noun
var·​i·​cel·​la | \ ˌvar-ə-ˈsel-ə How to pronounce varicella (audio) \

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