A contagious skin infection, usually of children, that is caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria and is marked by superficial pustules and thick yellow crusts, commonly on the face.
[Middle English, from Latin impetīgō, from impetere, to attack; see IMPETUS.]
im′pe·tige·nous (-tĭjə-nəs) adj.
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