- technical term for smallpox.More example sentences
- Other viruses in this group that can cause infection in humans include variola, vaccinia (used in smallpox vaccine), and cowpox viruses.
- No current technology is capable of discriminating variola from vaccinia (ie, the acute infectious disease caused by smallpox vaccination).
- Stocks of variola, the virus that causes the disease, remained in two locations - one in the United States and one in Russia.
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- In about 1721, local minister Cotton Mather - perhaps best known for his role in the witchcraft trials - was among the first in America to experiment with variolous inoculation for smallpox.
- During the time she remained in the infected room, variolous matter was inserted into both her arms, but without any further effect than in the preceding case.
- In order to determine this, a non-vaccinated child was inoculated with the serous fluid obtained from these variolous papules, and the result was a generalized, confluent small-pox.
late 18th century: from medieval Latin, literally 'pustule, pock', from Latin varius 'diverse'.
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- The US English dictionary