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monkeypox

noun mon·key·pox \ˈməŋ-kē-ˌpäks\

Definition of MONKEYPOX

:  a rare virus disease especially of central and western Africa that is caused by a poxvirus (species Monkeypox virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus), occurs chiefly in wild rodents and primates, and when transmitted to humans resembles smallpox but is milder

First Known Use of MONKEYPOX

1959

monkeypox

noun mon·key·pox \ˈməŋ-kē-ˌpäks\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MONKEYPOX

:  a rare virus disease especially of rain forest areas of central and western Africa that is caused by a poxvirus of the genus Orthopoxvirus (species Monkeypox virus), that occurs in wild rodents and primates and in captive monkeys, and that when transmitted to humans resembles smallpox but is milder

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