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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chickenpox, varicella(noun)

    an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body


  1. chickenpox(Noun)

    A common childhood disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3).


  1. Chickenpox

    Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus. It usually starts with vesicular skin rash mainly on the body and head rather than at the periphery and becomes itchy, raw pockmarks, which mostly heal without scarring. On examination, the observer typically finds skin lesions at various stages of healing and also ulcers in the oral cavity & tonsil areas. Chickenpox is an airborne disease which spreads easily through coughing or sneezing of ill individuals or through direct contact with secretions from the rash. A person with chickenpox is infectious one to two days before the rash appears. They remain contagious until all lesions have crusted over. Immunocompromised patients are contagious during the entire period as new lesions keep appearing. Crusted lesions are not contagious. Chickenpox has been observed in other primates, including chimpanzees and gorillas. There are several theories regarding the origin of the term chicken pox. It is often stated to be a modification of chickpeas, or due to the rash resembling chicken pecks. Other theories include the designation chicken for a child or a corruption of itching-pox. Samuel Johnson explained the designation as "from its being of no very great danger."

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Chickenpox

    A highly contagious infectious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (HERPESVIRUS 3, HUMAN). It usually affects children, is spread by direct contact or respiratory route via droplet nuclei, and is characterized by the appearance on the skin and mucous membranes of successive crops of typical pruritic vesicular lesions that are easily broken and become scabbed. Chickenpox is relatively benign in children, but may be complicated by pneumonia and encephalitis in adults. (From Dorland, 27th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chickenpox in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chickenpox in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of chickenpox in a Sentence

  1. Northern Kentucky:

    Encouraging the spread of an acute infectious disease in a community demonstrates a callous disregard for the health and safety of friends, family, neighbors, and unsuspecting members of the general public, a person who has contracted chickenpox can be infectious for up to 2 days before experiencing the rash that is associated with the virus.

  2. Marie Jhin:

    Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.

  3. United States:

    Over 50 million doses have been distributed, and this rare side effect has only been described in a handful of cases, in contrast, meningitis is a well-known complication of chickenpox and pose a far greater risk to children.

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