noun Pathology.

1795–1805; < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin vari(us) speckled (see various) + -ola -ole1 Unabridged
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variola (vəˈraɪələ)
the technical name for smallpox
[C18: from Medieval Latin: disease marked by little spots, from Latin varius spotted]

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Word Origin & History

"smallpox," 1771, from Medical L. dim. of L. varius "changing, various," in this case "speckled" (see vary).
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variola va·ri·o·la (və-rī'ə-lə, vâr'ē-ō'lə, vār'-)
See smallpox.

va·ri'o·lar (-lər) or va·ri'o·lous (-ləs) adj.
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variola   (və-rī'ə-lə, vâr'ē-ō'lə)  Pronunciation Key 
See smallpox.
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Example sentences
It belongs to the same family as the more infamous variola virus that causes smallpox.
Smallpox is an acute infectious disease caused by the variola virus.
Smallpox is an acute, contagious, and sometimes fatal disease caused by infection with a virus known as the variola virus.
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