noun poly·he·dro·sis \ˌpä-lē-hē-ˈdrō-səs\
plural poly·he·dro·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of POLYHEDROSIS

:  any of numerous diseases that affect specific insect larvae or decapod crustaceans, that are caused by double-stranded DNA viruses of a family (Baculoviridae) or by reoviruses of a genus (Cypovirus), and that are characterized by dissolution of tissues and accumulation of virus-containing granules in the resultant fluid


New Latin, from polyhedron
First Known Use: 1947


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