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English Glossary of Causes of Death and other Archaic Medical Terms

Zona

Shingles.  [Hooper1822].

An acute infection caused by a herpesvirus and characterized by inflammation of the sensory ganglia of certain spinal or cranial nerves and the eruption of vesicles along the affected nerve path. It usually strikes only one side of the body and is often accompanied by severe neuralgia. Also called shingles, herpes zoster, zona, zoster. [Heritage]

Zoster

A kind of Erysipelas which goes around the body like a girdle. [Hooper1822].

Eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia. Synonyms: herpes zoster, shingles. [Wordnet]