One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chronic viral disorder of the skin characterized by groups of small, smooth, painless pinkish nodules with a central depression, that yield a milky fluid when squeezed.
- ‘Waxy, painless, skin-colored bumps called molluscum contagiosum, are also caused by a virus.’
- ‘In addition to infections with Staphylococcus aureus and rarely with Herpes simplex, children with atopic eczema are also susceptible to common warts and molluscum contagiosum.’
- ‘The papules may enlarge to form nodules and plaques, umbilicate to mimic molluscum contagiosum, or progress to shallow ulcerations.’
- ‘Although the prevalence of molluscum contagiosum is not known, one of six Dutch children have visited their doctor for the condition.’
- ‘Trial applications of 1% imiquimod cream three time a day for five days a week for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum resulted in resolution in over 80% of patients and lesions.’
Early 19th century: from Latin molluscum (as a noun denoting a kind of fungus), neuter of molluscus + contagiosum (neuter of contagiosus ‘contagious’).
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