fifth disease

fifth disease
noun Etymology: from its enumeration as the fifth of five exanthematous childhood diseases known at the time of its description Date: circa 1941 an acute disease especially of children caused by a parvovirus species (B19 virus of the genus Erythrovirus) and characterized by fever, malaise, and a blotchy red rash on the cheeks which spreads to the extremities

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  • Fifth disease — An oddly named disease caused by a virus called parvovirus B 19. (In the pre vaccination era, fifth disease was frequently the "fifth disease" that a child contracted.) . Symptoms include low grade fever, fatigue, a "slapped cheeks …   Medical dictionary

  • Fifth disease — Infobox Disease Name = PAGENAME Caption = 16 month old with fifth disease DiseasesDB = 4442 ICD10 = ICD10|B|08|3|b|0 ICD9 = ICD9|057.0 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = emerg eMedicineTopic = 378 eMedicine mult = eMedicine2|derm|136… …   Wikipedia

  • Fifth-disease — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 B08.3 Erythema infectiosum …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fifth disease — noun Etymology: probably translation of French cinquième maladie; so called because it was the fifth of five exanthematous childhood diseases known at the time of its description (1928) : an acute eruptive disease especially of children that is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fifth disease — /ˈfɪfθ dəziz/ (say fifth duhzeez) noun a common childhood disease caused by a parvovirus, resulting in red flushed cheeks, paleness around the mouth and a red patchy rash on the arms and legs; slapped cheek disease. {from its being fifth in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fifth disease — Pathol. a mild infection, most often seen in children or young adults, caused by a small virus (the human parvovirus B19) and marked by a blotchy rash on the cheeks, arms, and legs. Also called erythema infectiosum. [so called because it was the… …   Universalium

  • fifth disease — noun The manifestation as rashes of a particular viral infection …   Wiktionary

  • Fifth Disease — parvovirus …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • fifth disease — see erythema (infectiosum) …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Pregnancy danger from fifth disease — Caused by a virus known as parvovirus B 19. Symptoms include low grade fever, fatigue, a "slapped cheeks rash," and a rash over the whole body. The illness is not serious in children. Pregnant women (who have not previously had the… …   Medical dictionary

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