Definitions for shinglesˈʃɪŋ gəlz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shin•gles*ˈʃɪŋ gəlz(n.)

  1. a disease caused by the herpes zoster virus, characterized by skin eruptions and pain along the course of involved sensory nerves.

    Category: Pathology

* (used with a sing. or pl. v.).

Origin of shingles:

1350–1400; < ML cingulum (L: girdle; cf. cincture )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. herpes zoster, zoster, shingles(noun)

    eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia


  1. shingles(Noun)

    herpes zoster.

  2. Origin: From cingulus, variant of cingulum, translating ζώνη, ζωστήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shingles(noun)

    a kind of herpes (Herpes zoster) which spreads half way around the body like a girdle, and is usually attended with violent neuralgic pain

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

shingles(noun singular)

a kind of infectious disease causing a rash of painful blisters.

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