Definition of varicella in English:

varicella

Syllabification: var·i·cel·la
Pronunciation: /ˌvarəˈselə
 
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noun

Medicine
  • 1 technical term for chickenpox.
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    • Alternatively, the faculty might have contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis or varicella, and could infect patients.
    • Pneumonia is a known complication of rubeola, varicella, and pertussis.
    • First, you can make sure you are up to date on all vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.
  • 1.1 (also varicella-zoster) A herpesvirus that causes chickenpox and shingles; herpes zoster.
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    • For example chickenpox and shingles are both caused by the same herpes virus - varicella zoster virus.
    • Chickenpox is caused by the varicella zoster virus, and the main symptoms are a high fever and itchy red spots that blister and develop a crust.
    • Later the virus, now known as the varicella zoster virus, was identified and isolated, and the researcher responsible received a Nobel prize.

Origin

late 18th century: modern Latin, irregular diminutive of variola.

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