herpes

Definitions of herpes
  1. noun
    viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane
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    herpes simplex
    an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus; affects the skin and nervous system; produces small temporary (but sometimes painful) blisters on the skin and mucous membranes
    herpes zoster, shingles, zoster
    eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
    cold sore, fever blister, herpes labialis, oral herpes
    caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)
    genital herpes, herpes genitalis
    an infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) that is usually transmitted by sexual contact; marked by recurrent attacks of painful eruptions on the skin and mucous membranes of the genital area
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    infectious disease
    a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
  2. noun
    any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin
    synonyms: herpes virus
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    herpes simplex, herpes simplex virus
    a herpes virus that affects the skin and nervous system
    herpes zoster, herpes zoster virus
    a herpes virus that causes shingles
    EBV, Epstein-Barr virus
    the herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis; associated with specific cancers in Africa and China
    CMV, cytomegalovirus
    any of a group of herpes viruses that enlarge epithelial cells and can cause birth defects; can affect humans with impaired immunological systems
    varicella zoster virus
    the member of the herpes virus family that is responsible for chickenpox
    HS1, HSV-1, HSV-I, herpes simplex 1
    a herpes virus that causes oral herpes
    HS2, HSV-2, HSV-II, herpes simplex 2
    a herpes virus that can cause genital herpes
    herpes varicella zoster, herpes varicella zoster virus
    a herpes virus that causes chickenpox and shingles
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    animal virus
    an animal pathogen that is a virus
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