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papillomavirus

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noun pap·il·lo·ma·vi·rus \-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of papillomavirus

  1. :  any of a family (Papillomaviridae) of viruses that contain a single molecule of circular double-stranded DNA and cause papillomas in mammals — compare human papillomavirus



Origin and Etymology of papillomavirus

New Latin


First Known Use: 1960


Medical Dictionary

papillomavirus

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noun pap·il·lo·ma·vi·rus \ˌpap-ə-ˈlō-mə-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of papillomavirus

  1. 1 capitalized :  the sole genus in a family (Papillomaviridae) of double-stranded DNA viruses that contain a single molecule of DNA, have a capsid composed of 72 capsomers, and cause papillomas in mammals

  2. 2:  any of the genus Papillomavirus of double-stranded DNA viruses




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