Definition of poxvirus in English:


Syllabification: pox·vi·rus
Pronunciation: /ˈpäksˌvīrəs


  • Any of a group of large DNA viruses that cause smallpox and similar infectious diseases in vertebrates.
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    • The vaccine is freeze-dried, live vaccinia virus, a poxvirus related to smallpox virus.
    • Bacteriophage is a tailed, double-stranded DNA virus that serves as an important model for assembly of large DNA viruses such as herpes and poxviruses.
    • Like all viruses, poxviruses co-opt various cellular molecules and processes to enter a cell, replicate and then spread to uninfected cells.

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