monkeypox

noun mon·key·pox \ ˈməŋ-kē-ˌpäks \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

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1959


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monkeypox

noun mon·key·pox \ ˈməŋ-kē-ˌpäks \

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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