virino

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virino (vɪˈriːnəʊ)
 
n
an entity postulated to be the causative agent of BSE and related diseases, said to consist of a fragment of nucleic acid surrounded by a protein coat derived from the host cell
 
[C20: from virus + -ino diminutive form]

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virino

noun
(microbiology) a hypothetical infectious particle thought to be the cause of scrapie and other degenerative diseases of the central nervous system; consists of nucleic acid in a protective coat of host cell proteins 
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