cowpox


cow·pox

noun \ˈka-ˌpäks\

Definition of COWPOX

:  a mild eruptive disease of the cow that is caused by a poxvirus (species Cowpox virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus) and that when communicated to humans protects against smallpox

First Known Use of COWPOX

1798

cow·pox

noun \ˈka-ˌpäks\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COWPOX

: a mild eruptive disease of the cow that is caused by a poxvirus of the genus Orthopoxvirus (species Cowpox virus) and that when communicated to humans protects against smallpox—called also variola vaccinia

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