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Any of several viral infections marked by the eruption of small vesicles on the skin or mucous membranes, especially herpes simplex.
[Middle English, from Latin herpēs, from Greek, from herpein, to creep.]
her·pet′ic (hər-pĕt′ĭk) adj.
(Pathology) any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin, esp herpes simplex, characterized by the formation of small watery blisters. See also genital herpes
[C17: via Latin from Greek: a creeping, from herpein to creep]
1. any of several diseases caused by herpesvirus, characterized by eruption of blisters on the skin or mucous membranes.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin: cutaneous eruption < Greek hérpēs literally, a creeping; c. Latin serpēns serpent]
Any of several infections caused by a virus, characterized by the eruption of painful blisters on the skin or a mucous membrane.
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|Noun||1.||herpes - viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane|
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
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
|2.||herpes - any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin|
animal virus - an animal pathogen that is a virus
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