myxomatosis

noun
myx·​o·​ma·​to·​sis | \ mik-ˌsō-mə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce myxomatosis (audio) \

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

Examples of myxomatosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first virus ever deliberately used to eradicate a wild-animal population was myxoma virus, which causes myxomatosis, a disease fatal to domestic rabbits. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 29 June 2020 Eventually, a myxomatosis vaccine was developed, and the disease was more or less brought under control. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 29 June 2020 These rabbits never develop the skin tumors or any of the classic symptoms of myxomatosis. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myxomatosis. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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myxomatosis

noun
myx·​o·​ma·​to·​sis | \ mik-ˌsō-mə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce myxomatosis (audio) \
plural myxomatoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce myxomatosis (audio) \

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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