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papillomavirus

noun pap·il·lo·ma·vi·rus \-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of PAPILLOMAVIRUS

:  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
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Origin of PAPILLOMAVIRUS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1960
Medical Dictionary

papillomavirus

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

Medical Definition of PAPILLOMAVIRUS

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

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