smallpox, variola, variola major(noun)
a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
An acute, highly infectious often fatal disease caused by a virus of the family Poxviridae. It was completely eradicated in the 1970s. Those who survived were left with pockmarks.
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
Origin: [Small + pox, pocks.]
Smallpox was an infectious disease unique to humans, caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor. The disease is also known by the Latin names Variola or Variola vera, derived from varius or varus. The disease was originally known in English as the "pox" or "red plague"; the term "smallpox" was first used in Britain in the 15th century to distinguish variola from the "great pox". The last naturally occurring case of smallpox was diagnosed on 26 October 1977. Smallpox localized in small blood vessels of the skin and in the mouth and throat. In the skin it resulted in a characteristic maculopapular rash and, later, raised fluid-filled blisters. V. major produces a more serious disease and has an overall mortality rate of 30–35%. V. minor causes a milder form of disease which kills about 1% of its victims. Long-term complications of V. major infection include characteristic scars, commonly on the face, which occur in 65–85% of survivors. Blindness resulting from corneal ulceration and scarring, and limb deformities due to arthritis and osteomyelitis are less common complications, seen in about 2–5% of cases.
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An acute, highly contagious, often fatal infectious disease caused by an orthopoxvirus characterized by a biphasic febrile course and distinctive progressive skin eruptions. Vaccination has succeeded in eradicating smallpox worldwide. (Dorland, 28th ed)
The numerical value of smallpox in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of smallpox in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Smallpox alone killed millions of millions of people, so if a human ancestor was predisposed to attend to those bumps, to dislike them and stay away from them.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of immunizing your children, because of vaccines, we’ve been able to eliminate life-threatening diseases like smallpox in the U.S.
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- verola, pigotaCatalan, Valencian
- Pocken, BlatternGerman
- variole, petite véroleFrench
- a' bhanachrach, a' bhreacScottish Gaelic
- varíola, boas, vexigasGalician
- spohttyn breckeyManx
- 天然痘, 疱瘡, 痘瘡Japanese
- mate koroputaputaMāori
- kopparNorwegian Nynorsk
- łóódtsohNavajo, Navaho
- çiçek hastalığıTurkish
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