zoster

noun
zos·​ter | \ ˈzä-stər How to pronounce zoster (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Days prior to his announcement, on June 10, the pop singer revealed via an Instagram video that he had 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, 1 Aug. 2022 Last month, Justin was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a condition that occurs when a varicella-zoster virus infects a facial nerve. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 July 2022 Justin was recently diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which can happen when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 4 July 2022 Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that occurs when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head near the inner ear. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 11 June 2022 Earlier this month, Justin told fans he had been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a condition that occurs when a varicella-zoster virus infects a facial nerve. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 June 2022 The reason for the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus is unknown. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 13 June 2022 But Bell’s palsy is distinct from Ramsay Hunt, however, in that Ramsay Hunt is triggered by the varicella-zoster virus and is marked by blisters and rash in the ear, which Bell’s palsy is not. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 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 See More

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First Known Use of zoster

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoster

borrowed from Latin zōstēr, borrowed from Greek zōstḗr "belt, girdle, shingles," from zōs-, base of zṓnnȳmi, aorist ézōsa "(I) gird(ed)" + -tēr, suffix of instruments — more at zone entry 1

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11 Aug 2022

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“Zoster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoster. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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zoster

noun
zos·​ter | \ ˈzäs-tər How to pronounce zoster (audio) \

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