Definitions for: Herpes


[n] any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin
[n] viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane



Webster (1913) Definition: Her"pes, n. [L., fr. Gr. "e`rphs, fr. "e`rpein to
creep.] (Med.)
An eruption of the skin, taking various names, according to
its form, or the part affected; especially, an eruption of
vesicles in small distinct clusters, accompanied with itching
or tingling, including shingles, ringworm, and the like; --
so called from its tendency to creep or spread from one part
of the skin to another.

Synonyms: herpes virus

See Also: animal virus, cytomegalovirus, EBV, Epstein-Barr virus, herpes simplex, herpes simplex, herpes simplex virus, herpes zoster, herpes zoster, herpes zoster virus, infectious disease, shingles, varicella zoster virus, zoster

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