noun. an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body.
- chicken (English)
- pox (English)
- pokkes (Middle English (1100-1500))
Example sentences of the word chickenpox
1. Noun, singular or mass
The difference between the rash of chickenpox and that of shingles is that shingles usually appears on one side of the body only.
2. Verb, base form
Similar to chickenpox, shingles causes an outbreak of small, fluid-filled blisters in a specific area of the body.
3. Verb, past participle
After a person has had chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the body, in nerve tissue near the spinal cord and brain.
4. Noun, plural
However, stomach pain, sore throat, headache and fever often accompany chickenpox**, whereas your child may seem otherwise fine if it's just hives or eczema.