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

Other Words from virology

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

Examples of virology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tun-hou Lee, professor emeritus of virology at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, offered another yardstick: mortality rate. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 The delay in providing boosters could be costly, said Dr. T. Jacob John, former chief of virology at Christian Medical College in southern India. Aniruddha Ghosal,, 10 Jan. 2022 Everyone who is paying attention to the pandemic is seeing the complexities of medicine, virology, and public health, adds Haga. Max G. Levy, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 Matthew Binnicker, director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said people should consider taking a rapid test for covid-19 on the day of a gathering or, better yet, a more accurate PCR test 24 hours in advance. Arkansas Online, 24 Dec. 2021 Paul Bieniasz, a professor of virology at the Rockefeller University, found that a booster shot on top of a prior infection or double vaccination produces 30-to-200 times more neutralizing antibodies. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 In terms of virology, the potential for the novel coronavirus to lead to human death much faster than HIV is to be expected. Steven W. Thrasher, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2021 The report, published Thursday in the prestigious journal Science, will revive the debate over whether the pandemic started with a spillover from wildlife sold at the market, a leak from a Wuhan virology lab or some other way. Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2021 Her father ran a virology lab, and Haugen spent her childhood happily running around in oversized freebie T-shirts from his conferences, decorated with things like herpes virus. Noreen Malone, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of virology

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for virology

vir(us) + -o- + -logy

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“Virology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of virology

: 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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