Definition of impetigo in English:


Line breaks: im|pe¦tigo
Pronunciation: /ˌɪmpɪˈtʌɪgəʊ


[mass noun]
  • A contagious bacterial skin infection forming pustules and yellow crusty sores: the children all have impetigo
    • This disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes or S. aureus
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    • 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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