vi·​rol·​o·​gy | \ vī-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce virology (audio) \

Definition of virology

: a branch of science that deals with viruses and viral diseases

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Other Words from virology

virological \ ˌvī-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce virological (audio) \ or virologic \ ˌvī-​rə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce virologic (audio) \ adjective
virologically \ ˌvī-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce virologically (audio) \ adverb
virologist \ vī-​ˈrä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce virologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of virology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The center’s data shows Illinois has had the most cases of the H3N2 strain, likely attributed to the 2015 outbreak, which then spread throughout the country, said Colin Parrish, professor of virology at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Kate Thayer,, "You got your flu shot, but Chicagoans should also protect their dogs with the canine flu vaccine," 30 Oct. 2019 Of the two, Dr. Brown provides the better overview of the subject, weaving history and contemporary virology and clinical practice together. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 Photo: Toya Jordan Sarno/Bloomberg News Dr. Fauci aims to assemble a dream team of scientists with different areas of expertise—such as virology, immunology and drug development—to work together on a universal vaccine. WSJ, "New Ideas to Fight the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 Godforsaken The Spanish flu’s global toll comes from the Stanford University human virology website. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 2018 In 2014, both Tupelo and Baylor successfully battled the virus with help of the program, championed by Paul Ling, an associate professor in Baylor's department of molecular virology and microbiology. Jennifer Radcliffe, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo welcomes 345-pound elephant calf born on Father's Day," 17 June 2018 Damian Purcell, PhD, the head of the molecular virology laboratory at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at The University of Melbourne, told Healthline. Elizabeth Pratt, Fox News, "Race to find cure for rare virus that can cause leukemia," 25 May 2018 The medical specialty of virology began with the Spanish flu. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "Curiosity drives greater understanding of The Great War," 3 May 2018 Together, the team picks apart the latest news in virology and discusses big-name viruses, such as Zika, HIV and influenza. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Viruses have a big impact on our lives, and this podcast gives them their due," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of virology

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for virology

New Latin virus + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy

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The first known use of virology was circa 1935

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English Language Learners Definition of virology

medical : the study of viruses and the diseases they cause


vi·​rol·​o·​gy | \ vī-ˈräl-ə-jē How to pronounce virology (audio) \
plural virologies

Medical Definition of virology

: a branch of science that deals with viruses

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