Medical Dictionary

cowpox


cowpox

noun cow·pox \ˈka-ˌpäks\

Definition of COWPOX

:  a mild eruptive disease of the cow that is caused by a poxvirus of the genus Orthopoxvirus (species Cowpox virus) and that when communicated to humans protects against smallpox—called also variola vaccinia
February 26, 2015
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