Definition of herpes zoster in English:

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herpes zoster

Pronunciation: /ˈzɒstə/

noun

[mass noun]
1 medical name for shingles.
Example sentences
  • Pain is the most debilitating feature of herpes zoster, and postherpetic neuralgia is the most common long-term complication.
  • Topical corticosteroids are often recommended in addition to oral antiviral agents to help reduce the pain and inflammation of herpes zoster.
  • The study shows that the clinical course of herpes zoster is relatively benign and that postherpetic neuralgia rarely affects daily life.
1.1A herpesvirus that causes shingles and chickenpox.
Example sentences
  • Primary varicella infection can often be prevented or at least limited by administration of the varicella vaccine within 72 hours of exposure to chickenpox or herpes zoster.
  • Doctors should exclude well established causes of skin necrosis, including herpes zoster, staphylococcal skin infections, and syphilitic chancre, before implicating arthropods at all.
  • In facial palsies caused by herpes simplex virus or herpes zoster virus there remains a strong correlation between the peak severity of the palsy and the outcome.

Origin

Late Middle English: from herpes and Latin zoster, from Greek zōstēr 'girdle, shingles'.

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