myxomatosis

noun
myx·​o·​ma·​to·​sis | \mik-ˌsō-mə-ˈtō-səs \

Definition of myxomatosis 

: a condition characterized by the presence of myxomas in the body specifically : a severe virus disease of rabbits that is caused by a poxvirus (species Myxoma virus of the genus Leporipoxvirus) and transmitted by mosquitoes, biting flies, and direct contact and that has been used in the biological control of rabbits especially in Australia

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These rabbits never develop the skin tumors or any of the classic symptoms of myxomatosis. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Next Chapter in a Viral Arms Race," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of myxomatosis

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myxomatosis

myxomat-, Greco-Latin stem of myxoma + -osis, as translation of German Myxomkrankheit

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myxomatosis

noun
myx·​o·​ma·​to·​sis | \mik-ˌsō-mə-ˈtō-səs \
plural myxomatoses\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of myxomatosis 

: a condition characterized by the presence of myxomas in the body specifically : a severe virus disease of rabbits that is caused by a poxvirus (species Myxoma virus of the genus Leporipoxvirus), is transmitted by mosquitoes, biting flies, and direct contact, and has been used in the biological control of wild rabbit populations

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