Definitions of pox

n a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks

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smallpox, variola, variola major
a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
chickenpox, varicella
an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body
cowpox, vaccinia
a viral disease of cattle causing a mild skin disease affecting the udder; formerly used to inoculate humans against smallpox
Cuban itch, Kaffir pox, West Indian smallpox, alastrim, milk pox, pseudosmallpox, pseudovariola, variola minor, white pox
a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
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contagion, contagious disease
any disease easily transmitted by contact

n a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)

lues, lues venerea, syph, syphilis
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primary syphilis
the first stage; characterized by a chancre at the site of infection
secondary syphilis
the second stage; characterized by eruptions of the skin and mucous membrane
tertiary syphilis
the third stage; characterized by involvement of internal organs especially the brain and spinal cord as well as the heart and liver
syphilis of the central nervous system
locomotor ataxia, tabes dorsalis
syphilis of the spinal cord characterized by degeneration of sensory neurons and stabbing pains in the trunk and legs and unsteady gait and incontinence and impotence
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Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, STD, VD, Venus's curse, dose, sexually transmitted disease, social disease, venereal disease, venereal infection
a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact

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