Definition of herpes zoster noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    herpes zoster

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌhɜːpiːz ˈzɒstə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɜːrpiːz ˈzɑːstər//
     
    [uncountable](medical)
     
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  1. 1= shingles
  2. 2a virus which causes shingles and chickenpox
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from herpes and Latin zoster, from Greek zōstēr ‘girdle, shingles’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: herpes zoster