pox·​vi·​rus ˈpäks-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce poxvirus (audio)
: any of a family (Poxviridae) of brick-shaped or ovoid double-stranded DNA viruses that have a surface lipoprotein membrane covered with tubular or globular structures and that include the vaccinia virus and the causative agents of cowpox, myxomatosis of rabbits, and smallpox

Examples of poxvirus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Company intends to obtain a license for poxviruses and/or enteroviruses if the initial research is successful. Kansas City Star, 24 June 2024 This 1980 transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by three poxvirus, molluscum contagiosum virions. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Aug. 2023 Much of Moss’ work over the years has focused on studying poxvirus’ transmission, spread, and evasion of immune responses. Sarah Owermohle, STAT, 31 May 2023 For more than half a century, scientist Bernard Moss has been commanding the attention of peers interested in prying biological secrets from poxviruses and other microbiological targets. Helen Branswell, STAT, 22 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for poxvirus 

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poxvirus was in 1891

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“Poxvirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poxvirus. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


pox·​vi·​rus ˈpäks-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce poxvirus (audio)
: any of the family Poxviridae of brick-shaped or ovoid double-stranded DNA viruses

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