viroid

noun
vi·​roid | \ ˈvī-ˌrȯid How to pronounce viroid (audio) \

Definition of viroid

: any of two families (Pospiviroidae and Avsunviroidae) of subviral particles that consist of a small single-stranded RNA arranged in a closed loop without a protein shell and that replicate in their host plants where they may or may not be pathogenic

Examples of viroid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The agency has also found diseases known to occur in China, called pospiviroid and spindle tuber viroid, in seeds, as well as a few pests of significance: an immature wasp and a larval seed beetle. Jon Emont And Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Amazon Bans Foreign Plant Sales to U.S. Amid Global Seed Mystery," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of viroid

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viroid

vir(us) + -oid entry 1

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The first known use of viroid was in 1971

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“Viroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viroid. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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viroid

noun
vi·​roid | \ ˈvī-ˌrȯid How to pronounce viroid (audio) \

Medical Definition of viroid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hypothetical symbiont resembling a virus that was formerly held to be present in cells, to be favorable to the host, and to tend to mutate to a virus
2 : any of two families (Pospiviroidae and Avsunviroidae) of subviral particles that consist of a small single-stranded RNA arranged in a closed loop without a protein shell and that replicate in their host plants where they may or may not be pathogenic

viroid

adjective

Medical Definition of viroid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : caused by a virus viroid pneumonia
2 : of or relating to viroids

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