variola

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noun va·ri·o·la \və-ˈrī-ə-lə; ˌver-ē-ˈō-lə\

Definition of variola

  1. :  smallpox; also :  its causative poxvirus (species Variola virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus)

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Origin and Etymology of variola

borrowed from Medieval Latin, “pustule, pox,” going back to Late Latin, “pustule,” from varius “affected by pox, leprous” (adjective derivative of varus “pimple” + Latin -ola, variant of -ula -ule after vowels — more at varix Late Latin varius is very likely independent of classical varius “having contrasting colors, varied” (see 1various).


First Known Use: 1543


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variola

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noun va·ri·o·la \və-ˈrī-ə-lə\

Medical Definition of variola

  1. :  smallpox; also :  the poxvirus of the genus Orthopoxvirus (species Variola virus) that is the causative agent of smallpox

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