vi·​rol·​o·​gy | \vī-ˈrä-lə-jē \

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

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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 Miyashiro was now living in student housing in the Bronx with his wife, a graduate student in virology at Einstein College. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "How 88rising Is Making a Place for Asians in Hip-Hop," 14 Mar. 2018 Researchers had only identified viral particles for the first time less than 30 years before the height of the flu pandemic and the fledgling field of virology was just beginning to identify them as causes of disease in plants and animals. Jonathan Runstadler, Scientific American, "Influenza's Wild Origins in the Animals around Us," 11 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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English Language Learners Definition of virology

medical : the study of viruses and the diseases they cause


vi·​rol·​o·​gy | \vī-ˈräl-ə-jē \
plural virologies

Medical Definition of virology 

: a branch of science that deals with viruses

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