Definition of smallpox in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsmɔːlpɒks


[mass noun]
  • An acute contagious viral disease, with fever and pustules that usually leave permanent scars. It was effectively eradicated through vaccination by 1979. Also called variola.
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    • 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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