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Meaning of IMPETIGO

Pronunciation:  `impi'tIgow

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a very contagious infection of the skin; common in children; localized redness develops into small blisters that gradually crust and erode

IMPETIGO is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 See Also: disease of the skin, skin condition, skin disease, skin disorder, skin problem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im`pe*ti"go\, n. [L., fr. impetere to attack.] (Med.)
A cutaneous, pustular eruption, not attended with fever;
usually, a kind of eczema with pustulation.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An infectious skin disease usually found in children where blisters appear (mostly on the face), burst, and form yellowish crusts. Impetigo is caused by infection from streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria, which enter through cold sores, cuts, scratches, or other breaks in the skin. The disease is most often spread by direct contact with infected skin.

For more information, visit The Impetigo Fact Sheet, Communicable Diseases: Impetigo, and The Group Health Cooperative's Impetigo Page.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acne, acne vulgaris, dermamycosis, dermatitis, dermatosis, eczema, elephantiasis, epithelioma, erysipelas, erythema, exanthem, heat rash, herpes, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, hives, itch, jungle rot, leprosy, lichen, lichen primus, lupus, lupus vulgaris, miliaria, pemphigus, prickly heat, pruigo, pruritus, psora, ringworm, scabies, shingles, skin cancer, tetter