• WordNet 3.6
    • n pox a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
    • n pox a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman is considered to be the godfather of the modern vaccine era. Having created nearly three dozen vaccines - more than any other scientist, Hilleman is also credited with saving more lives than any other scientist. Probably best known for his preventive vaccine for mumps, Hilleman has also developed vaccines for measles, rubella, chicken pox, bacterial meningitis, flu and hepatitis B.
    • n Pox (Med) Strictly, a disease by pustules or eruptions of any kind, but chiefly or wholly restricted to three or four diseases, -- the smallpox, the chicken pox, and the vaccine and the venereal diseases.Pox, when used without an epithet, as in imprecations, formerly signified smallpox; but it now signifies syphilis.
    • v. t Pox To infect with the pox, or syphilis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pox A disease characterized by eruptive pocks or pustules upon the body. As used by the writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the word generally means smallpox, but also, and especially in later use, the French pox, or syphilis. See chicken-pox, smallpox, syphilis.
    • pox To communicate the pox or venereal disease to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pox poks pustules: an eruptive disease.
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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “On the day when a young writer corrects his first proof-sheet he is as proud as a schoolboy who has just got his first dose of pox.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For pocks, OE. pokkes,. See Pock. It is plural in form but is used as a singular
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Written for pocks, pl. of pock.


In literature:

At the same time I perceived that a panic began to seize some, at the idea that I was one of a small-pox gang.
"The Fugitive Blacksmith" by James W. C. Pennington
Fiji was devastated by measles; other barbarians by small-pox.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
The small-pox was making fearful ravages in Russia.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
You may even brave the small-pox with that about your person.
"Bessie's Fortune" by Mary J. Holmes
Why the pox could they not have staid their tumult till to-morrow?
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Had she not been good to his children when they had small-pox?
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
Contagions of small-pox and measles do not act at the same times.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
Some people prophesy that we are to have an epidemic of small-pox.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
A pox on both your house parties!
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
He was marked with the small-pox, not so much as to disfigure him, but still it was very perceptible when near to him.
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

"We bring you small-pox from our land -
Nay, do not raise your ire,
We opium bring - a noble band,
And to your wealth aspire."
"The Chinaman" by Anonymous Oceania
There's not a man, or child, that is diseas'd,
Whether by the small-pox, or meazles seiz'd,
Or any other malady, that's worse,
But I am bund to visit him of course.
"A Prayer For A Clergyman, When He Goes To Visit The Sick, Or In The Time Of A Plague" by Rees Prichard
Straining with lust to stamp
Our likeness on the abyss-
Bombs, gallows, Belsen camp,
Pox, polio, Thais' kiss
Or Judas, Moloch's fires
And Torquemada's (sons resemble sires).
"Prelude to Space" by C S Lewis
The neist were twin lassies; the sma'-pox had gane
Roun' the hale kintra-side, the twasum were ta'en;
It was muckle they dree'd, but three days atween,
Frae ae bed to ae grave were carried, I ween.
"Grannie's Tale: A Ballad o'Memorie" by Janet Hamilton
W. Who told you that! -- M. Why, there again
The sound is old -- pox on this tongue!
I wish to God you still were young!
-- If I am wrong I cry you mercy;
My proofs, I own, are only -- hearsay -- But tell the truth and I'll engage, sir ;--
"To J. W. On His Birth Day. A Dialogue Between Seventy Two and Twenty Seven" by Hector MacNeill
I caught, for a second, across the crowd--
Just for a second, and barely that--
A face, pox-pitted and evil-browed,
Hid in the shade of a slouch-rim'd hat--
With small gray eyes, of a look as keen
As the long, sharp nose that grew between.
"A Rough Sketch" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

The most meaningless of awards ceremonies) aired last night, although nobody watched it and actors received their awards like they were pox-diseased blankets from the pilgrims.
A pox on both their houses.
The pox upon my favorite month is the garbage known as political campaigning.
James Carville put what some view as a pox on Pennsylvania.
Scientists used DNA to determine that these 300-year-old Siberian mummies died of small pox, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Pox -resistant plum registered.
A plum variety was genetically modified to be resistant to the devastating plum pox virus.
The HoneySweet plum is sweet and flavorful and highly resistant to the plum pox virus.
' Pox parties': Coming to a mailbox near you.
It is a disease I've had from birth, which I call footinmouthitis, also known as the Faux Pox .
Bush-Rove-Cheney Democrats and Lying Republicans--a Stimulus Pox on Both Houses.
T he Pox and the Covenant.
A Pox on Pulitzer Prizes.
Rhode Island 'holiday tree': A pox on Christmas or just the Puritan way.
Treating the ' pox ' is easy.

In science:

Examples include human immunodeficiency virus, monkey pox, severe acute respiratory syndrome and pandemic influenza.
A resampling-based test to detect person-to-person transmission of infectious disease