filterable virus

noun

: any of the infectious agents that pass through a filter of diatomite or unglazed porcelain with the filtrate and remain virulent and that include the viruses and various other groups (such as the mycoplasmas and rickettsias) which were originally considered viruses before their cellular nature was established

Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of filterable virus was in 1903

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“Filterable virus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filterable%20virus. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

filterable virus

noun

: any of the infectious agents that remain infectious after passing through a filter with pores too fine for a bacterium to pass through

Medical Definition

filterable virus

noun

variants also filtrable virus
: any of the infectious agents that pass through a filter especially of diatomite or unglazed porcelain with the filtrate and remain virulent and that include the viruses as presently understood and various other groups (as the mycoplasmas and rickettsiae) which were originally considered viruses before their cellular nature was established
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