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



BrE BrE//ˈhɜːpiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrpiːz//
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one of a group of infectious diseases, caused by a virus, that cause painful spots on the skin, especially on the face and sexual organs Word Originlate Middle English (originally used also of other skin conditions): via Latin from Greek herpēs ‘shingles’, literally ‘creeping’, from herpein ‘to creep’.
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