tobacco mosaic virus

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Definition of tobacco mosaic virus

: a single-stranded RNA virus (species Tobacco mosaic virus of the genus Tobamovirus) that occurs worldwide and causes mosaic disease in plants (such as tobacco and tomato) especially of the nightshade family

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Recent Examples on the Web But their pioneering work on tobacco mosaic virus opened the door to a century of research that has revealed a diverse range of viral structures and strategies for survival. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a Few Sick Tobacco Plants Led Scientists to Unravel the Truth About Viruses," 24 Mar. 2020 Scientists were only first able to visualize a virus, the tobacco mosaic virus, after the 1931 invention of the electron microscope. Jonathan Runstadler, Scientific American, "Influenza's Wild Origins in the Animals around Us," 11 Mar. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Tobacco mosaic virus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tobacco%20mosaic%20virus. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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