molluscum contagiosum

noun

molluscum con·​ta·​gi·​o·​sum -kən-ˌtā-jē-ˈō-səm How to pronounce molluscum contagiosum (audio)
plural mollusca contagiosa -sə How to pronounce molluscum contagiosum (audio)
: a mild chronic disease of the skin caused by a poxvirus (species Molluscum contagiosum virus of the genus Molluscipoxvirus) and characterized by the formation of small nodules with a central opening and contents resembling curd

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“Molluscum contagiosum.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/molluscum%20contagiosum. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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