Definition of molluscum contagiosum in English:

molluscum contagiosum

Line breaks: mol|lus¦cum con|ta¦gi|osum
Pronunciation: /məˌlʌskəm kənˌteɪdʒɪˈəʊsəm


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A chronic viral disorder of the skin characterized by groups of small, smooth, painless pinkish nodules with a central depression, that yield a milky fluid when squeezed.
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    • Waxy, painless, skin-colored bumps called molluscum contagiosum, are also caused by a virus.
    • In addition to infections with Staphylococcus aureus and rarely with Herpes simplex, children with atopic eczema are also susceptible to common warts and molluscum contagiosum.
    • The papules may enlarge to form nodules and plaques, umbilicate to mimic molluscum contagiosum, or progress to shallow ulcerations.


early 19th century: from Latin molluscum (as a noun denoting a kind of fungus), neuter of molluscus + contagiosum (neuter of contagiosus 'contagious').

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