papillomavirus

noun

pap·​il·​lo·​ma·​vi·​rus ˌpa-pə-ˈlō-mə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce papillomavirus (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its human-papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil, is growing sales at an impressive clip, bringing in over $3 billion in the first half of this year alone. David Wainer, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2022 Cottontail rabbits with the unusual appearance are infected with Shope papilloma virus (SPV), also known as the cottontail rabbit papillomavirus (CRPV), a wart-like condition that affects the species. Chloe Gonzales, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 Many had lesions on their feet, which veterinarians have identified as a papillomavirus — from the same viral family that gives humans warts but is unique to northern fulmars. Susanne Rust, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 Many had lesions on their feet, which veterinarians have identified as a papillomavirus — from the same viral family that gives humans warts but is unique to northern fulmars. Susanne Rust, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 Many had lesions on their feet, which veterinarians have identified as a papillomavirus — from the same viral family that gives humans warts but is unique to northern fulmars. Susanne Rust, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 Many had lesions on their feet, which veterinarians have identified as a papillomavirus — from the same viral family that gives humans warts but is unique to northern fulmars. Susanne Rust, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 Many had lesions on their feet, which veterinarians have identified as a papillomavirus — from the same viral family that gives humans warts but is unique to northern fulmars. Susanne Rust, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 Many had lesions on their feet, which veterinarians have identified as a papillomavirus — from the same viral family that gives humans warts but is unique to northern fulmars. Susanne Rust, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papillomavirus was in 1935

Dictionary Entries Near papillomavirus

Cite this Entry

“Papillomavirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papillomavirus. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

papillomavirus

noun
pap·​il·​lo·​ma·​vi·​rus ˌpap-ə-ˈlō-mə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce papillomavirus (audio)
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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