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Medical Term:

herpes simplex


Definition: a variety of infections caused by herpesvirus types 1 and 2; type 1 infections are marked most commonly by the eruption of one or more groups of vesicles on the vermilion border of the lips or at the external nares, type 2 by such lesions on the genitalia; both types often are recrudescent and reappear during other febrile illnesses or even physiologic states such as menstruation. The viruses frequently become latent and may not be expressed for years.

Synonym(s): herpes catarrhalis, herpes facialis, herpes febrilis, herpes labialis, Simplexvirus

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