papovavirus

noun

pa·​po·​va·​vi·​rus pə-ˈpō-və-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce papovavirus (audio)
: any of a former family (Papovaviridae) of double-stranded DNA viruses that included the papillomaviruses and polyomaviruses

Word History

Etymology

papilloma + polyoma + vacuolating + virus

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papovavirus was in 1935

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“Papovavirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papovavirus. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

papovavirus

noun

pa·​po·​va·​vi·​rus pə-ˈpō-və-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce papovavirus (audio)
: any of the papillomaviruses and polyomaviruses

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