Meaning of impetigo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɪmpɪˈtʌɪɡəʊ/

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mass noun
  • A contagious bacterial skin infection forming pustules and yellow crusty sores.

    The disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes or S. aureus

    ‘Common skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles and carbuncles.’
    • ‘Those ailments included scabies, a parasitic skin infection, and impetigo, a bacterial infection linked to poor sanitation.’
    • ‘Excessive scratching can cause a bacterial infection such as impetigo, which may make symptoms worse.’
    • ‘The doctor may also notice scratch marks and secondary bacterial infections such as impetigo.’
    • ‘It can cause skin infections like impetigo and pustules.’
    • ‘This bad water has caused skin diseases such as impetigo, scabies and eczema, as well as chronic diarrhea problems.’
    • ‘You're especially at risk if you have atopic dermatitis, eczema, impetigo or a history of these conditions.’
    • ‘One of the most common of these is impetigo - a skin infection that mainly affects infants and children.’
    • ‘It can be classified clinically as impetigo contagiosa (non-bullous impetigo) or bullous impetigo.’
    • ‘The daycare wanted to make sure his skin wasn't contagious - much like impetigo or leprosy.’
    • ‘Most staph infections aren't serious; one example is impetigo, a contagious but superficial skin infection.’
    • ‘The differential diagnosis of nonbullous impetigo includes shingles, cold sores, cutaneous fungal infections, and eczema.’
    • ‘Staphylococcus aureus is a common type of bacteria that can live harmlessly on the skin but sometimes it can cause a number of common infections such as boils, impetigo and wound infections.’
    • ‘When someone has impetigo, the infection can spread to other household members on clothing, towels, and bed linens that have touched the person's infected skin.’
    • ‘They can also be passed by touching the infected skin of someone who has strep impetigo, or by sharing towels, clothing or bed linen.’
    • ‘Several years later, Maureen discovered that the woman had had a severe case of impetigo, a highly contagious skin disease which, if untreated, can damage the kidneys, and cause septicaemia.’
    • ‘These two kinds of bacteria are the main causes of cellulitis and impetigo.’
    • ‘Eight children in the estate were infected with impetigo, a skin disease, which residents claimed was connected to the dump.’
    • ‘Prevent impetigo infection from spreading to other family members by using antibacterial soap and making sure that each family member uses a separate towel.’
    • ‘These symptoms can be confused with impetigo or cellulitis.’


Late Middle English from Latin, from impetere ‘to assail, attack’.