Definition of varicella in English:


Pronunciation /ˌverəˈselə/ /ˌvɛrəˈsɛlə/


technical term for chickenpox
‘Alternatively, the faculty might have contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis or varicella, and could infect patients.’
technical term for chickenpox
  • ‘Pneumonia is a known complication of rubeola, varicella, and pertussis.’
  • ‘First, you can make sure you are up to date on all vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.’
  • ‘Making a clinical diagnosis, and, in particular, differentiating smallpox from varicella, is difficult even when those concerned are seeing both diseases regularly.’
  • ‘Although a small percentage of vaccinated children contract varicella each year, these illnesses are much less severe than those occurring in unvaccinated children or adults.’


Late 18th century modern Latin, irregular diminutive of variola.