polyomavirus

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noun poly·oma·vi·rus \ˌpä-lē-ˈō-mə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of polyomavirus

  1. :  any virus of a family (Polyomaviridae and especially genus Polyomavirus) of double-stranded DNA viruses that induce tumors in specific mammals

Origin and Etymology of polyomavirus

New Latin polyoma, from poly- + -oma


First Known Use: 1958


Medical Dictionary

polyomavirus

noun poly·oma·vi·rus \ˌpäl-ē-ˈō-mə-\

Medical Definition of polyomavirus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of double-stranded DNA viruses (family Polyomaviridae) that contain a single molecule of DNA, have a capsid composed of 72 capsomers, and induce tumors usually in specific mammals and that include simian virus 40 and the causative agent of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy

  2. 2:  any of the genus Polyomavirus of double-stranded DNA viruses


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