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herpes

Pronunciation: her'pez

Definition: An inflammatory skin disease caused by herpes simplex virus or varicella-zoster virus; an eruption of groups of deep-seated vesicles on erythematous bases.

Synonym(s): serpigo2

[G. herpes, a spreading skin eruption, shingles, fr. herpo, to creep]

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