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 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 That number held up under questioning from committee members, who represented a range of specialties, from pediatrics to virology, throughout the eight hours of the hearing. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "What an F.D.A. Committee Weighed in Voting for the Pfizer COVID Vaccine," 11 Dec. 2020 Her comments came at the first meeting of a 25-member panel of medical experts, including specialists in fields like virology, infectious diseases and biostatistics. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Promises Strong Safety Standards for Covid-19 Vaccines as It Convenes Advisory Panel," 22 Oct. 2020 Scientists are especially cautious in this area of virology. James Glanz, New York Times, "Evidence Builds That an Early Mutation Made the Pandemic Harder to Stop," 24 Nov. 2020 Fourteen of them have expertise in vaccinology, immunology, pediatrics, internal medicine, nursing, family medicine, virology, public health, infectious diseases or preventive medicine. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "What is the ACIP? For a COVID vaccine to get cleared by the FDA, these 15 experts will vouch for its safety," 24 Nov. 2020 At the time, the study of virology was in its infancy, and researchers didn't yet have the tools to see viruses. USA Today, "We're celebrating Thanksgiving amid a pandemic. Here's how we did it in 1918 — and what happened next," 21 Nov. 2020 Jin Dongyan, a virology professor at the University of Hong Kong, said while there is such a possibility, the CDC did not provide solid evidence of the transmission. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China turns its attention to frozen foods in battle to eliminate virus threat, but experts remain skeptical," 13 Nov. 2020 Brigette, Tonia and Tina are all nurses, and Olivia, Nick Brahms’s older sister, is studying virology at Auburn. Giana Han, al, "Auburn football families separated yet stronger as they adapt to 2020," 27 Oct. 2020 For a virology class this fall, Caruso asked students to mail him some soil samples to be used in a remote lab. Washington Post, "College students are weary of ‘Zoom U.’ But they’re also trying to make the best of it.," 25 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of virology was circa 1935

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14 Dec 2020

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“Virology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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