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baculovirus

Line breaks: baculo|virus
Pronunciation: /ˈbakjʊlə(ʊ)ˌvʌɪrəs
 
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Definition of baculovirus in English:

noun

Biology
A member of a family of DNA viruses infecting only invertebrate animals. Some have a very specific insect host, and may be used in biological pest control.
Example sentences
  • Dietary phenolics also can inhibit insect pathogenic baculoviruses.
  • In the nuclei of caterpillar cells infected with baculoviruses, viral progeny multiply and are incorporated into protective polyhedron-shaped protein structures called occlusion bodies.
  • And baculoviruses don't kill pest insects as rapidly as chemical insecticides.

Origin

1980s: from Latin baculum 'rod, stick' + virus.

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