herpes simplex

Definitions of herpes simplex
  1. noun
    a herpes virus that affects the skin and nervous system
    synonyms: herpes simplex virus
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    types:
    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
    type of:
    herpes, herpes virus
    any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin
  2. noun
    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
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    types:
    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
    type of:
    herpes
    viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane
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