virion

virion

[vahy-ree-on, vir-ee-]
noun
the infectious form of a virus as it exists outside the host cell, consisting of a nucleic acid core, a protein coat, and, in some species, an external envelope.

Origin:
< French virion (1959), equivalent to viri(en) viral (see virus, -ian) + -on -on1

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virion (ˈvaɪrɪən)
 
n
a virus in infective form, consisting of an RNA particle within a protein covering
 
[C20: from vir(us) + ion]

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virion vi·ri·on (vī'rē-ŏn', vēr'ē-)
n.
A complete viral particle, consisting of RNA or DNA surrounded by a protein shell and constituting the infective form of a virus.

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virion   (vī'rē-ŏn', vîr'ē-)  Pronunciation Key 
A complete viral particle, consisting of RNA or DNA surrounded by a protein shell and constituting the infective form of a virus. The shell, called a capsid, protects the interior core that includes the genome and other proteins. After the virion binds to the surface of a specific host cell, its DNA or RNA is injected into the host cell and viral replication occurs with eventual spread of the infection to other host cells.
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