One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1technical term for chickenpox
- ‘First, you can make sure you are up to date on all vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.’
- ‘Although a small percentage of vaccinated children contract varicella each year, these illnesses are much less severe than those occurring in unvaccinated children or adults.’
- ‘Pneumonia is a known complication of rubeola, varicella, and pertussis.’
- ‘Making a clinical diagnosis, and, in particular, differentiating smallpox from varicella, is difficult even when those concerned are seeing both diseases regularly.’
- ‘Alternatively, the faculty might have contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis or varicella, and could infect patients.’
- 1.1 A herpesvirus that causes chickenpox and shingles; herpes zoster.
- ‘The varicella virus is communicated easily through saliva.’
- ‘Chickenpox is caused by the varicella zoster virus, and the main symptoms are a high fever and itchy red spots that blister and develop a crust.’
- ‘Unlike varicella, herpes zoster is a sporadic disease with an estimated lifetime incidence of 10 to 20 percent.’
- ‘Later the virus, now known as the varicella zoster virus, was identified and isolated, and the researcher responsible received a Nobel prize.’
- ‘For example chickenpox and shingles are both caused by the same herpes virus - varicella zoster virus.’
Late 18th century: modern Latin, irregular diminutive of variola.
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