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g78138201%vax9k.dnet at NCHUD1.NCHU.EDU.TW g78138201%vax9k.dnet at NCHUD1.NCHU.EDU.TW
Fri May 6 12:34:28 EST 1994


      Dr.Ostrove, J.M. wrote a review about "Molecular Biology 
      of Varicella Zoster Virus" in journal "Advances in Virus
      Research, vol 38" which mentioned:

          The origin of the name "chickenpox" is uncertain.
          It might have its roots in the French word "chiche"
          ,or "chickpea",related to the size and central 
          dimpling of the pock seen on the skin; another
          possibility is that it is derivative of "gican",
          which sounds like "chicken" and is athe Old English
          term for "itch"(Scott-Wilson,1978).
                          
      Hope it will help.
 
                                                   William Y. Wen
                                                   Taiwan R.O.C
                             g78138201%vax9k.dnet at nchud1.nchu.edu.tw





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