Definitions for: Smallpox


[n] a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars



Webster (1913) Definition: Small"pox`, n. [Small + pox, pocks.] (Med.)
A contagious, constitutional, febrile disease characterized
by a peculiar eruption; variola. The cutaneous eruption is at
first a collection of papules which become vesicles (first
flat, subsequently umbilicated) and then pustules, and
finally thick crusts which slough after a certain time, often
leaving a pit, or scar.

Synonyms: variola

See Also: pock, pox


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