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Definition of papillomavirus

: any of a family (Papillomaviridae) of viruses that contain a single molecule of circular double-stranded DNA and cause papillomas in mammals — compare human papillomavirus

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Recent Examples on the Web The average private-sector non-influenza vaccine for adults ranges from about $26 for Grifols' tetanus and diphtheria toxoids inoculation to $228 for Merck's Human papillomavirus inoculation, according to the CDC. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Could a coronavirus vaccine rehab the pharmaceutical industry's reputation despite drug price increases?," 9 July 2020 In 2018, for example, researchers homed in on plant pathogen DNA in fossil middens from Chile’s Atacama Desert, and another team found the oldest known papillomavirus in a 27,000-year-old midden in the Grand Canyon. Marion Renault, New York Times, "Reading the Past in Old, Urine-Caked Rat’s Nests," 20 Feb. 2020 Twarock’s tilings therefore applied to a wider range of viruses, including the polyomaviruses and papillomaviruses that had evaded Caspar and Klug’s classification. Quanta Magazine, "The Illuminating Geometry of Viruses," 19 July 2017 In the early 1900s, papillomaviruses were isolated from rabbits and found to cause cancer, and by the 1990s, the specific types of HPV that cause cervical cancer were identified. Tara Smith, SELF, "Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine?," 21 Oct. 2017 The state does not require children to be immunized against human papillomavirus (HPV). Rita Giordano,, "New Pa. health rule: Get your kids vaccinated or they can't go to school," 8 Aug. 2017 In healthcare, a new detection kit for human papillomavirus and Zika virus promises to speed diagnosis testing from hours to minutes. Jennifer Lu, miamiherald, "From prosthetic hands to bands that jam, innovations shine at eMerge Americas," 12 June 2017 New research supports the recent U.S. recommendation for two, rather than three, doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect against genital warts in preteens and teens. Healthday,, "Two doses of HPV shot enough to prevent genital warts," 25 May 2017 According to the report, 41.9 percent of girls and 28 percent of boys age 13 to 17 had received all three recommended doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Paul Sisson,, "About 20 percent of new cancer cases are preventable, major report finds," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of papillomavirus

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papillomavirus

New Latin

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“Papillomavirus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of papillomavirus

1 capitalized : the sole genus in a family (Papillomaviridae) of double-stranded DNA viruses that contain a single molecule of DNA, have a capsid composed of 72 capsomers, and cause papillomas in mammals
2 : any of the genus Papillomavirus of double-stranded DNA viruses

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