virion

noun
vi·​ri·​on | \ ˈvī-rē-ˌän How to pronounce virion (audio) , ˈvir-ē- How to pronounce virion (audio) \

Definition of virion

: a complete virus particle that consists of an RNA or DNA core with a protein coat sometimes with external envelopes and that is the extracellular infectious form of a virus

Examples of virion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a difference between a single virion and a vapor cloud containing virions. Ann Norman, cleveland, "How do you feel about wearing face masks?," 23 Oct. 2020 After all, the authorities have been telling us for weeks that the virions are everywhere. Pooja Bhatia, SFChronicle.com, "My Bay Area sheltering-in-place family got and survived coronavirus," 22 Apr. 2020 For example, bacteria can prevent influenza virus infection by binding or trapping them directly or by producing metabolites that decrease the stability of influenza virions. Michelle Sconce Massaquoi, The Conversation, "Why hand-washing really is as important as doctors say," 3 Mar. 2020 One piece might be necessary for making essential viral enzymes, for instance, while the other would be needed to make the capsule in which the viral particles (or virions) are packaged and transported to other cells. Quanta Magazine, "Viruses Can Scatter Their Genes Among Cells and Reassemble," 21 May 2019 This undated electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows human immunodeficiency virus particles (virions). Washington Post, "US officials OK option for men with HIV to father children," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of virion

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for virion

French, from virien viral (from virus virus) + -on -on entry 2

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The first known use of virion was in 1959

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“Virion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virion. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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virion

noun
vi·​ri·​on | \ ˈvī-rē-ˌän How to pronounce virion (audio) , ˈvir-ē- How to pronounce virion (audio) \

Medical Definition of virion

: a complete virus particle that consists of an RNA or DNA core with a protein coat sometimes with external envelopes and that is the extracellular infectious form of a virus

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