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virino

(vɪˈriːnəʊ)
n
(Biochemistry) an entity postulated to be the causative agent of BSE and related diseases, said to consist of a fragment of nucleic acid surrounded by a protein coat derived from the host cell
[C20: from virus + -ino diminutive form]
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Noun1.virino - (microbiology) a hypothetical infectious particle thought to be the cause of scrapie and other degenerative diseases of the central nervous system; consists of nucleic acid in a protective coat of host cell proteins
microbiology - the branch of biology that studies microorganisms and their effects on humans
subatomic particle, particle - a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions