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Relating to or being a particle that consists of either genetic material or protein and is smaller than a virus but has some of the properties of a virus: a subviral pathogen.


(Biochemistry) of, caused by, or denoting a part of the structure of a virus


(sʌbˈvaɪ rəl)

1. of or pertaining to any macromolecule smaller in size or possessing a lesser degree of organization than a comparable intact viral particle.
2. of or pertaining to a component or precursor particle of an intact infective virus.
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They explain infections and syndromes related to specific organ systems, as well as the fundamentals of modern medical virology, including immune responses and vaccinology, diagnostics, and antivirals, then agent-specific chapters on the virology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, laboratory diagnosis, and prevention and treatment of key viral pathogens: specific DNA viruses, RNA viruses, and subviral agents.
sup][24] Serum HBsAg particles in the peripheral blood are found in two forms: virion-associated HBsAg and empty HBsAg subviral particles, with a much lower proportion of the former than the latter.
A novel subviral agent associated with a geminivirus: The first report of a DNA satellite.
They produce subviral particles; generate persistent infection and replicate through RNA intermediate via reverse
Hepatitis B virus subviral envelope particle morphogenesis and intracellular trafficking.
Pons, F 1993 Method combining inmunocapture and PCR amplication in a microtite plate for the detection of plant viruses and subviral pathogens Journal of Virological Methods 45: 201-218
Chapters are in sections on viral syndromes and general principles, and categories of viral agents, divided into three subsections on DNA and RNA viruses and subviral agents.