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impetigo Syllabification: im·pe·ti·go
Pronunciation: /ˌimpəˈtīɡō/

Definition of impetigo in English:


A contagious bacterial skin infection forming pustules and yellow, crusty sores.
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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