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smallpox Syllabification: small·pox
Pronunciation: /ˈsmôlˌpäks/

Definition of smallpox in English:


An acute contagious viral disease, with fever and pustules usually leaving permanent scars. It was effectively eradicated through vaccination by 1979. Also called variola.
Example sentences
  • Disease was rampant and smallpox, typhus, typhoid and dysentery made death familiar.
  • He seems to suffer from the impression that the vaccine is just as contagious as smallpox.
  • Animal research has led to vaccines for rabies, smallpox, rubella, measles and anthrax.
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