Definition of impetigo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌimpəˈtīɡō/


A contagious bacterial skin infection forming pustules and yellow, crusty sores.
  • This disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes or S. aureus.
Example sentences
  • Common skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles and carbuncles.
  • Those ailments included scabies, a parasitic skin infection, and impetigo, a bacterial infection linked to poor sanitation.
  • Excessive scratching can cause a bacterial infection such as impetigo, which may make symptoms worse.


Late Middle English: from Latin, from impetere 'to assail, attack'.

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Syllabification: im·pe·ti·go

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