Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
A mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent strain of the virus.
[Pg. alastrar, to scatter over]
Etymology: Port, alastrar, to spread
a mild form of smallpox, with little rash. It is thought to be caused by a weak strain of the poxvirus that causes smallpox. Unlike smallpox, however, alastrim is rarely fatal. Also called Cuban itch, Kaffir pox, milkpox, pseudosmallpox, pseudovariola, variola minor, West Indian smallpox, whitepox. See also smallpox.