cold sore

noun
caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)
Hypernyms: ↑herpes simplex

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noun
Etymology: cold (II)
: the group of blisters appearing about or within the mouth in herpes simplex

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a vesicular eruption on the face, usually on or near the mouth, often accompanying a cold or a febrile condition; herpes simplex. Also called fever blister.
[1905-10]

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cold sore noun
A blister or group of blisters on or near the mouth, caused by a viral infection (herpes simplex)
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Main Entry:cold

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cold sore UK US noun [countable] [singular cold sore plural cold sores]
a sore area near your lips that is caused by an infection
Thesaurus: skin problems, swellings and injurieshyponym

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cold sore,
a blister near or on the mouth, caused by a viral infection of the skin and sometimes accompanying a cold or a fever; fever blister or sore: »

A cold sore on his lip appeared to be bothering him (Newsweek).

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n. an inflamed blister in or near the mouth, caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus

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noun, pl ⋯ sores [count]
: a small sore area around or inside the mouth that is caused by a virus

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ˈcold sore [cold sore cold sores] (NAmE also ˈfever blister) noun
a small painful spot on the lips or inside the mouth that is caused by a virus
See also:fever blister

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cold sore — Cold Cold, n. 1. The relative absence of heat or warmth. [1913 Webster] 2. The sensation produced by the escape of heat; chilliness or chillness. [1913 Webster] When she saw her lord prepared to part, A deadly cold ran shivering to her heart.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cold sore — n. a sore, caused by a viral infection, consisting of little blisters that form in or around the mouth during a cold or fever; herpes simplex …   English World dictionary

  • cold sore — cold ,sore noun count a sore area near your lips that is caused by an infection …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cold sore — n a painful spot on your lip or inside your mouth that is caused by a ↑virus …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cold sore — cold′ sore n. pat See under oral herpes Also called fever blister …   From formal English to slang

  • cold sore — ► NOUN ▪ an inflamed blister in or near the mouth, caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus …   English terms dictionary

  • Cold sore — A small sore situated on the face or in the mouth that causes pain, burning, or itching before bursting and crusting over. The favorite locations are on the lips, chin or cheeks and in the nostrils. Less frequented sites are the gums or roof of… …   Medical dictionary

  • cold sore — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cold sore : singular cold sore plural cold sores a sore area near your lips that is caused by an infection …   English dictionary

  • cold sore — cold sores N COUNT Cold sores are small sore spots that sometimes appear on or near someone s lips and nose when they have a cold. [mainly BRIT] (in AM, usually use fever blister) …   English dictionary

  • cold sore — noun Date: 1870 a group of fluid filled blisters appearing about or within the mouth that are caused by a herpes simplex virus and upon rupturing form crusts called also fever blister compare canker sore …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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