DNA virus


: a virus whose genome consists of DNA

Examples of DNA virus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This analysis revealed a new phylum of DNA viruses that are shaped like herpesviruses and infect eukaryotes but share a key enzyme with large and giant viruses. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 25 Apr. 2023 Both are RNA viruses, which mutate much more easily than DNA viruses—hence the dozens of variants and subvariants spun out of the original version of SARS-CoV-2. Larry Brilliant, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022 So adenoviruses are DNA viruses that are in the environment. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 This is a small, non-enveloped DNA virus in the Dependoparvovirus genus. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 Monkeypox is a DNA virus, which does not mutate as fast as RNA viruses like the coronavirus. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 4 June 2022 The herpesvirus is a DNA virus (remember those? Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of DNA virus was in 1963

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“DNA virus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DNA%20virus. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

DNA virus

: a virus whose genome consists of DNA
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