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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Origin and Etymology of 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 \

medical Definition of myxomatosis

plural myxomatoses play \-ˌsēz\
: 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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