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


    herpes zoster

    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 Originlate Middle English: from herpes and Latin zoster, from Greek zōstēr ‘girdle, shingles’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: herpes zoster