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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 Human papillomavirus, for example, often causes cervical precancer and cancer. Roger Marshall, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 Human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is the most commonplace, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Megan Marples, CNN, 4 Mar. 2021 It’s on the same level as other highly effective vaccines, such as those for measles and the papillomavirus. Lisa J. Huriash,, 12 Dec. 2020 Human papillomavirus infection, for example, is known to significantly increase the chances of developing cervical cancer. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 Oct. 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 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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