Definition of chickenpox in English:

chickenpox

noun

  • [mass noun] An infectious disease causing a mild fever and a rash of itchy inflamed pimples which turn to blisters and then loose scabs. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus and mainly affects children.

    Also called varicella
    • ‘This serious but rare condition may develop in children who are given aspirin when they have a fever or chickenpox.’
    • ‘Can a pregnant woman catch chickenpox from a recently vaccinated child?’
    • ‘Measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox can all be far more serious if you contract them as an adult.’
    • ‘Shingles is not infectious in the same way as chickenpox, where the virus can be passed on in coughs and sneezes.’
    • ‘The sequence included chickenpox and flu, but more often it was tonsillitis that prevented her from practising, let alone playing.’
    • ‘The younger your child is when she gets chickenpox, the milder her symptoms will be.’
    • ‘The chickenpox rash is made up of lots of red blisters, which burst and then scab over.’
    • ‘If a vaccinated child does get chickenpox, he or she generally has a mild case.’
    • ‘When you get chickenpox, the virus lies dormant, tucked away in a nerve root.’
    • ‘It was once thought to be associated with infection, such as measles or chickenpox.’
    • ‘Viruses including flu, herpes, measles and chickenpox can cause pneumonia.’
    • ‘Some children were suffering from malaria, chickenpox and diarrhea.’
    • ‘Viruses like chickenpox spread mostly via the fluids of the nose and throat, usually during a cough or sneeze.’
    • ‘Generally, chickenpox is a milder illness for children than it is for adults.’
    • ‘I'm still not that enthusiastic about either hepatitis B or chickenpox vaccines.’
    • ‘He was emphatic that chickenpox was not a milder version of smallpox and that the two were distinct maladies.’
    • ‘This is important if he is just getting over a flu-like illness or the chickenpox.’
    • ‘A person with shingles is contagious to people who haven't had chickenpox.’
    • ‘As in chickenpox, it takes the form of blisters containing virus particles.’
    • ‘A person usually has only one episode of chickenpox in his or her lifetime.’

Origin

Early 18th century: probably so named because of its mildness, as compared to smallpox.

Pronunciation:

chickenpox

/ˈtʃɪkɪnpɒks/