confluent smallpox

con·flu·ent small·pox

a severe form in which the lesions run into each other, forming large suppurating areas.

confluent smallpox

An obsolete term for a permutation of smallpox (eradicated in 1977) characterised by confluent suppurative lesions and an often rapid clinical deterioration.
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But just when he was poised to see his surgical career fully blossom, he died at the age of 34 from the hideous disease of confluent smallpox.
The face of a young man with confluent smallpox, a particularly virulent variety that caused blisters to merge into sheets, was described by Dr.
Others developed confluent smallpox, a condition with a 60 percent mortality rate in which the pustules ran into each other and sloughed off in great rotten sheets of skin.