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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Herpes  \Her"pes\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  "e`rphs,  fr  "e`rpein  to 
  creep.]  (Med.) 
  An  eruption  of  the  skin,  taking  various  names  according  to 
  its  form  or  the  part  affected;  especially,  an  eruption  of 
  vesicles  in  small  distinct  clusters,  accompanied  with  itching 
  or  tingling,  including  shingles,  ringworm,  and  the  like  -- 
  so  called  from  its  tendency  to  creep  or  spread  from  one  part 
  of  the  skin  to  another. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  herpes 
  n  1:  viral  diseases  causing  eruptions  of  the  skin  or  mucous 
  membrane 
  2:  any  of  the  animal  viruses  that  cause  painful  blisters  on  the 
  skin  [syn:  {herpes  virus}] 




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