herpes zoster definition

  • noun:
    • See shingles.
    • An acute viral irritation associated with the sensory ganglia of vertebral and cranial nerves involving a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pains and due to reactivation associated with the poxvirus causing chicken pox.
    • identical to shingles; -- a type of herpes caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
    • a herpes virus which causes shingles
    • eruptions along a nerve course frequently followed by serious neuralgia

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