SMALL-POX', n. [small and pox, pocks.] A very contagious disease, characterized by an eruprion of pustules on the skin; the variolous disease.
SMALL-POX', n. [small and pox, pocks.]
An exanthematic disease, consisting of a constitutional febrile affection, and a cutaneous eruption. The cutaneous eruption is first a papule, the top of which becomes a vesicle, and then a pustule, and finally forms a thick crust which sloughs after a certain time, often leaving a pit or scar. This disease is propagated exclusively by contagion or infection, and is very dangerous when it occurs casually. It is called technically, Variola. It has several quite distinct varieties.
- A contagious,
constitutional, febrile disease characterized by a peculiar eruption;
variola. The cutaneous eruption is at first a collection of papules
which become vesicles (first flat, subsequently umbilicated) and then
pustules, and finally thick crusts which slough after a certain time,
often leaving a pit, or scar.