Meaning of chickenpox in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃɪk(ɪ)npɒks/

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mass noun
  • An infectious disease causing a mild fever and a rash of itchy inflamed pimples which turn to blisters and then loose scabs. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus and mainly affects children.

    Also called varicella

    ‘Viruses including flu, herpes, measles and chickenpox can cause pneumonia.’
    • ‘Generally, chickenpox is a milder illness for children than it is for adults.’
    • ‘Some children were suffering from malaria, chickenpox and diarrhea.’
    • ‘Shingles is not infectious in the same way as chickenpox, where the virus can be passed on in coughs and sneezes.’
    • ‘He was emphatic that chickenpox was not a milder version of smallpox and that the two were distinct maladies.’
    • ‘This serious but rare condition may develop in children who are given aspirin when they have a fever or chickenpox.’
    • ‘The chickenpox rash is made up of lots of red blisters, which burst and then scab over.’
    • ‘As in chickenpox, it takes the form of blisters containing virus particles.’
    • ‘I'm still not that enthusiastic about either hepatitis B or chickenpox vaccines.’
    • ‘Viruses like chickenpox spread mostly via the fluids of the nose and throat, usually during a cough or sneeze.’
    • ‘Measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox can all be far more serious if you contract them as an adult.’
    • ‘The sequence included chickenpox and flu, but more often it was tonsillitis that prevented her from practising, let alone playing.’
    • ‘A person with shingles is contagious to people who haven't had chickenpox.’
    • ‘It was once thought to be associated with infection, such as measles or chickenpox.’
    • ‘If a vaccinated child does get chickenpox, he or she generally has a mild case.’
    • ‘When you get chickenpox, the virus lies dormant, tucked away in a nerve root.’
    • ‘The younger your child is when she gets chickenpox, the milder her symptoms will be.’
    • ‘A person usually has only one episode of chickenpox in his or her lifetime.’
    • ‘This is important if he is just getting over a flu-like illness or the chickenpox.’
    • ‘Can a pregnant woman catch chickenpox from a recently vaccinated child?’


Mid 17th century probably so named because of its mildness, as compared to smallpox.