Definition of polyomavirus
: any virus of a family (Polyomaviridae and especially genus Polyomavirus) of double-stranded DNA viruses that induce tumors in specific mammals
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The lab extracted and sequenced the genetic material in the sample, intending to look for an organism called JC polyomavirus that is a research interest of one of the team members.
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Origin and Etymology of polyomavirus
New Latin polyoma, from poly- + -oma
First Known Use: 1958See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of polyomavirus
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: any of the genus Polyomavirus of double-stranded DNA viruses
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