Marek's disease

noun

Mar·​ek's disease ˈmer-iks- How to pronounce Marek's disease (audio)
: a highly contagious virus disease of poultry that is marked especially by proliferation of lymphoid cells and is caused by either of two herpesviruses (species Gallid herpesvirus 2 and Gallid herpesvirus 3 of the genus Mardivirus)

Word History

Etymology

József Marek †1952 Hungarian veterinarian

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Marek's disease was in 1947

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“Marek's disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Marek%27s%20disease. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

Marek's disease

noun
Mar·​ek's disease ˈmar-iks-, ˈmer- How to pronounce Marek's disease (audio)
: a highly contagious virus disease of poultry that is characterized especially by proliferation of lymphoid cells and is caused by either of two herpesviruses (species Gallid herpesvirus 2 and Gallid herpesvirus 3)

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