Marek's disease

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noun Mar·ek's disease \ ˈmer-iks- \

Definition of Marek's disease

: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)

Origin and Etymology of marek's disease

József Marek †1952 Hungarian veterinarian


Medical Dictionary

Marek's disease

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noun Mar·ek's disease \ ˈmar-iks-, ˈmer- \

medical Definition of Marek's disease

: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)

Biographical Note for marek's disease

  • Marek \ˈmȯ-rek\, Jozsef (1867–1952), Hungarian veterinarian. Marek first described the cancerous disease known as Marek's disease in 1907.

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