monkeypox

noun
mon·​key·​pox | \ ˈməŋ-kē-ˌpäks How to pronounce monkeypox (audio) \

Definition of monkeypox

: a rare virus disease especially of central and western Africa that is caused by a poxvirus (species Monkeypox virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus), occurs chiefly in wild rodents and primates, and when transmitted to humans resembles smallpox but is milder

Examples of monkeypox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first dose of the monkeypox vaccine has been administered to 1,749 New Mexicans. Fox News, 16 Sep. 2022 Research from the University of Pennsylvania released Thursday shows that knowledge of monkeypox vaccine has jumped from approximately one-third of Americans in July to more than 60%. Lena H. Sun And Dan Diamond, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2022 For instance, if an individual gets the monkeypox vaccine, the CDC recommends waiting four weeks before getting one of the Covid-19 boosters. Simar Bajaj, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Sep. 2022 Local public health data also shows that fewer members of either community are getting the monkeypox vaccine. Jen Christensen, CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 Kristofer Fegenbush of Wilton Manors received his second monkeypox vaccine on Wednesday and had been warned about the redness and swelling that followed. Sun Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 Salt Lake County plans to host additional monkeypox vaccine clinics through September. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 The monkeypox vaccine is now available at 14 sites across the state and through mobile providers, officials said. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2022 Nearly 4,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine were administered prior to and at events during Atlanta Black Pride from August 27 through September 5 according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Donovan J. Thomas, ajc, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of monkeypox

1959, in the meaning defined above

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29 Sep 2022

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“Monkeypox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monkeypox. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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monkeypox

noun
mon·​key·​pox | \ ˈməŋ-kē-ˌpäks How to pronounce monkeypox (audio) \

Medical Definition of monkeypox

: a rare virus disease especially of rain forest areas of central and western Africa that is caused by a poxvirus of the genus Orthopoxvirus (species Monkeypox virus), that occurs in wild rodents and primates and in captive monkeys, and that when transmitted to humans resembles smallpox but is milder

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