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noun[treated as singular] Medicine
- an acute, painful inflammation of the nerve ganglia, with a skin eruption often forming a girdle around the middle of the body. It is caused by the same virus as chickenpox. Also called herpes zoster.
late Middle English: representing medieval Latin cingulus, variant of Latin cingulum 'girdle', from cingere 'gird'