cowpox

noun cow·pox \ ˈkau̇-ˌpäks \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of cowpox

: a mild eruptive disease of the cow that is caused by a poxvirus (species Cowpox virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus) and that when communicated to humans protects against smallpox

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1798

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cowpox

noun cow·pox \ ˈkau̇-ˌpäks \

medical 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

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