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pox

 (pŏks)
n.
1. A disease such as chickenpox or smallpox, characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pockmarks.
2. Syphilis.
3. Misfortune or calamity.

[Alteration of pocks, from Middle English, pl. of pocke, pokke; see pock.]
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pox

(pɒks)
n
1. (Pathology) any disease characterized by the formation of pustules on the skin that often leave pockmarks when healed
2. (Pathology) the pox an informal name for syphilis
3. a pox on someone (interjection) archaic an expression of intense disgust or aversion for someone
[C15: changed from pocks, plural of pock]
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pox

(pɒks)

n.
1. a disease characterized by multiple skin pustules, as smallpox.
2. syphilis.
3. curse; plague: A pox on you and your bright ideas!
[1540–50 (earlier as surname); sp. variant of pocks, pl. of pock]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pox - a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochetepox - a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
sexually transmitted disease, social disease, STD, VD, venereal disease, venereal infection, Venus's curse, Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, dose - a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact
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
neurosyphilis - syphilis of the central nervous system
2.pox - a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
contagion, contagious disease - any disease easily transmitted by contact
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
varicella - an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body
cowpox - a viral disease of cattle causing a mild skin disease affecting the udder; formerly used to inoculate humans against smallpox
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Translations

pox

[pɒks] N the pox (= VD) → (la) sífilis; (= smallpox) → (la) viruela
a pox on them! (archaic) → ¡malditos sean!
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

pox

n (old) (= smallpox)Pocken pl, → Blattern pl; (= syphilis)Syphilis f; a pox on …! (old)zur Hölle mit …!
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

pox

[pɒks] n the pox (fam) → il mal francese
see also chickenpox
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

pox

n. enfermedad eruptiva de la piel caracterizada por manifestación de vesículas que se convierten en pústulas.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
Bollett's Plagues And Poxes, an excellent medical-based survey which charts the rise and changing of disease patterns throughout human history.