papillomavirus

noun
pap·​il·​lo·​ma·​vi·​rus | \ˌpa-pə-ˈlō-mə-ˌvī-rəs \

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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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, Philly.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "About 20 percent of new cancer cases are preventable, major report finds," 18 May 2017 When one Republican tried to get an exemption for the human papillomavirus vaccine, tempers flared. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Texas lawmakers spar over 'anti-vaccine measure'," 11 May 2017 These cancers are rising fast, especially in men, and research suggests that HPV, the human papillomavirus, is spreading through oral sex. Marilynn Marchione, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men," 18 May 2017 These cancers are rising fast, especially in men, and research suggests that HPV, the human papillomavirus, is spreading through oral sex. Washington Post, "Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men," 17 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

noun
pap·​il·​lo·​ma·​vi·​rus | \ˌpap-ə-ˈlō-mə-ˌvī-rəs \

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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