herpes definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a number of viral conditions evoking the eruption of tiny blisterlike vesicles in the skin or mucous membranes, specially herpes simplex or herpes zoster.
    • A viral disease, caused by the Herpes simplex virus, marked by painful, watery blisters in the epidermis or mucous membranes or in the genitals.
    • An eruption of the skin, taking numerous brands, according to its kind, or perhaps the part impacted, caused by a herpesvirus illness; specially, an eruption of vesicles in tiny distinct groups, accompanied with itching or tingling, including shingles, ringworm, and so on; -- so called from the habit of slide or spread from 1 area of the epidermis to another.
    • A cutaneous affection, also happening sometimes on mucous membranes, characterized by the appearance of patches of distinct vesicles. Several forms of herpes are named, of which the key are those listed below.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] In entomology, a genus of weevils, associated with household Curculionid√¶, having as type H. porcellos, of Asiatic chicken.
    • any of the pet viruses that can cause painful blisters in the epidermis
    • viral diseases causing eruptions of your skin or mucous membrane layer

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