Small"pox` (?), n. [Small + pox, pocks.] Med.

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.

<-- now no longer observed, after a long campaing of vaccination apparently succeeded in eliminating all human carriers by 1995. -->


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