Definition of smallpox in English:


Translate smallpox into Spanish


  • An acute contagious viral disease, with fever and pustules usually leaving permanent scars. It was effectively eradicated through vaccination by 1979.

    Also called variola

    ‘Disease was rampant and smallpox, typhus, typhoid and dysentery made death familiar.’
    • ‘He seems to suffer from the impression that the vaccine is just as contagious as smallpox.’
    • ‘Animal research has led to vaccines for rabies, smallpox, rubella, measles and anthrax.’
    • ‘Polio will be the second disease after smallpox to be eradicated.’
    • ‘Both anthrax and smallpox vaccines have been in use for a long time, but there are few other similarities between them.’
    • ‘Although thousands of Barbadians died from yellow fever and smallpox, Quakers were particularly hard hit.’
    • ‘The process induced cowpox, a mild viral disease that conferred immunity to smallpox.’
    • ‘It is possible that one or both of these pandemics were due to smallpox, or even measles.’
    • ‘This has been illustrated by the elimination of other viral infections such as smallpox.’
    • ‘There now seems a real prospect that, like smallpox, polio may be eradicated entirely from the world.’
    • ‘Malnutrition was rife, as were diseases such as tuberculosis and smallpox.’
    • ‘Who knew until it was too late that the blankets were ridden with smallpox and other communicable diseases!’
    • ‘Terrorists can bring back diseases like smallpox and they can even create their own.’
    • ‘There have been few articles on the risks of smallpox or of the vaccine in the popular media.’
    • ‘As a naturally occurring disease smallpox is potent and as a weapon of biological warfare it is terrifying.’
    • ‘Hahnemann, the founder of homoeopathy, was a supporter of smallpox vaccination.’
    • ‘Anthrax just isn't the public health disaster that smallpox has the potential to be.’
    • ‘Of the biological weapons, anthrax and smallpox are the most feared.’
    • ‘The most likely diagnosis was thought to be a severe viral infection - but not smallpox.’
    • ‘For 130 years or more after Jenner introduced a vaccine for smallpox this was the only vaccine in general use.’



/ˈsmôlˌpäks/ /ˈsmɔlˌpɑks/