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[poh-lee-oh-vahy-ruh s, poh-lee-oh-vahy-] /ˈpoʊ li oʊˌvaɪ rəs, ˌpoʊ li oʊˈvaɪ-/
noun, plural polioviruses.
any of three picornaviruses of the genus Enterovirus, having a spherical capsid, infectious to humans and the cause of poliomyelitis.
Origin of poliovirus
1950-55; polio + virus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for poliovirus
  • Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus.
  • The first to be made, eight years ago, was poliovirus.
  • Most of us know that when vaccinated for polio, you develop antibodies against the poliovirus and become immune to it.
poliovirus in Medicine

poliovirus po·li·o·vi·rus (pō'lē-ō-vī'rəs)
See poliomyelitis virus.

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