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variola

[vuh-rahy-uh-luh] /vəˈraɪ ə lə/
noun, Pathology
1.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin vari(us) speckled (see various) + -ola -ole1
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Examples from the web for variola
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for variola

variola

/vəˈraɪələ/
noun
1.
the technical name for smallpox
Derived Forms
variolar, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin: disease marked by little spots, from Latin varius spotted
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Word Origin and History for variola
n.

"smallpox," 1771, from medical Latin diminutive of Latin varius "changing, various," in this case "speckled" (see vary).

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variola in Medicine

variola va·ri·o·la (və-rī'ə-lə, vâr'ē-ō'lə, vār'-)
n.
See smallpox.


va·ri'o·lar (-lər) or va·ri'o·lous (-ləs) adj.
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variola in Science
variola
  (və-rī'ə-lə, vâr'ē-ō'lə)   
See smallpox.
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