tobacco mosaic virus

noun

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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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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