mimivirus

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mim·i·vi·rus

 (mĭm′ĭ-vī′rəs)
n. pl. mim·i·vi·rus·es
Any of a genus of double-stranded DNA viruses that are the largest of all known viruses.

[From mimicking microbe (since it is as large as the smallest known bacteria and was thought to be a bacterium when first discovered).]

mimivirus

(ˈmɪmɪˌvaɪrəs)
n
a very large virus containing DNA
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Preliminary studies found Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV) genomes in samples of bovine serum from Germany (13,14), indicating that the analysis of samples from vertebrates could be a way to explore and understand the circulation of this group of viruses in nature.
The 50 nm virus, named Sputnik, is associated with a new strain of the giant Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV) and is believed to represent a currently unknown family of viruses.
An ameba-associated giant virus, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APM), was first described in 2003 after its discovery in water collected from a cooling tower in the United Kingdom (1).
Ultrastructural characterization of the giant volcano-like virus factory of Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus.
The 18 chapters cover the following diseases and pathogens: influenza in 2009, human adenovirus 14, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus as a cause of pneumonia, hepatitis E, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus-like arenavirus infections, human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 infections in indigenous populations, cytomegalovirus infection after transplantation, malignancies and HIV infection, Arcobacter sp.
Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APM), a virus of free-living amebae, has reportedly caused human respiratory disease.