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poxvirus

[poks-vahy-ruh s] /ˈpɒksˌvaɪ rəs/
noun, plural poxviruses.
1.
any of a group of large, brick-shaped DNA-containing viruses that infect humans and other animals, including the viruses of smallpox and various other poxes.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; pox + virus
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  • They discovered the animal was spreading a poxvirus.
poxvirus in Medicine

poxvirus pox·vi·rus (pŏks'vī'rəs)
n.
A virus of the family Poxviridae.

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