Meaning of herpes

her•pes

Pronunciation: (hûr'pēz), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. any of several diseases caused by herpesvirus, characterized by eruption of blisters on the skin or mucous membranes. Cf. chickenpox, genital herpes, oral herpes, shingles.
  2. herpesvirus.
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