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chickenpox Line breaks: chicken|pox
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪkɪnpɒks/

Definition of chickenpox in English:


[mass noun]
An infectious disease causing a mild fever and a rash of itchy inflamed pimples which turn to blisters and then loose scabs. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus and mainly affects children. Also called varicella.
Example sentences
  • Viruses including flu, herpes, measles and chickenpox can cause pneumonia.
  • Generally, chickenpox is a milder illness for children than it is for adults.
  • Some children were suffering from malaria, chickenpox and diarrhea.


Early 18th century: probably so named because of its mildness, as compared to smallpox.

Words that rhyme with chickenpox

smallpox • cowpox
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