Definition of shingles in English:

shingles

Line breaks: shin¦gles
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪŋg(ə)lz
 
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noun

[treated as singular] Medicine
  • A painful acute 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.
    More example sentences
    • Doug's symptoms might also have been caused by herpes zoster or shingles virus which can also affect the facial nerve.
    • The medical name for chickenpox is varicella zoster and for shingles it is herpes zoster.
    • If you've ever had chicken pox, you may suffer from shingles or herpes zoster.

Origin

late Middle English: representing medieval Latin cingulus, variant of Latin cingulum 'girdle', from cingere 'gird'.

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