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polyomavirus

noun poly·oma·vi·rus \ˌpä-lē-ˈō-mə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of POLYOMAVIRUS

:  any virus of a family (Polyomaviridae and especially genus Polyomavirus) of double-stranded DNA viruses that induce tumors in specific mammals
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Origin of POLYOMAVIRUS

New Latin polyoma, from poly- + -oma
First Known Use: 1958
Medical Dictionary

polyomavirus

noun poly·oma·vi·rus \ˌpäl-ē-ˈō-mə-\

Medical Definition of POLYOMAVIRUS

1
capitalized :  the sole genus in a family (Polyomaviridae) of double-stranded DNA viruses that contain a single molecule of DNA, have a capsid composed of 72 capsomers, and induce tumors usually in specific mammals and that include simian virus 40 and the causative agent of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
2
:  any of the genus Polyomavirus of double-stranded DNA viruses

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