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Any of a group of DNA viruses of the family Papillomavirus that can cause warts and certain types of cancer in mammals.


(Biology) any of numerous viruses that cause the formation of papillomas


(ˌpæp əˈloʊ məˌvaɪ rəs)

n., pl. -rus•es.
a type of papovavirus, containing circular DNA, that causes papillomas, including genital warts.


n virus m del papiloma papilomavirus m; human — (HPV) virus m del papiloma humano (VPH), papilomavirus humano (PVH)
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The International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS) is the world's leading professional society devoted to the study of papillomaviruses and the diseases that they cause.
From the Latin papillo- ("nipple") + oma ("tumor"), papillomaviruses are nonenveloped DNA viruses that induce exophytic lesions of the skin and mucous membranes.
Genotype distribution of human papillomaviruses in Japanese women with abnormal cervical cytology.
We present here a multiplex polymerase chain reaction, which detects and distinguishes infection by 2 such agents, avipoxviruses and papillomaviruses, in avian hosts.
Human Papillomaviruses (HPVs) are the cause of over 90% of cervical cancer cases.
It is also established that the disease is caused by persistent infection of one or more of 15 known high risk types of Human papillomaviruses out of more than 100 HPV genotypes described so far.
He also suggests the cost might have been a factor in the Government selecting the current vaccine over another, which also protects against other harmful strains of human papillomaviruses (HPVs), rather than just two strains.
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by a limited number of oncogenic human papillomaviruses (HPVs).
Genetic heterogeneity among human papillomaviruses (HPV) associated with epidermodysplasia verruciformis: Evidence for multiple allelic forms of HPV5 and HPV8 E6 genes.
Prevalence of high risk genital papillomaviruses in the Belgian female population determined by fast multiplex polymerase chain reaction.
The etiologic agents of all warts are a diverse group of viruses known as the human papillomaviruses (HPVs).
Sexually transmitted human papillomaviruses (HPV) are implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of anogenital diseases ranging from external genital warts to cancers of the uterine cervix and anus (Birley, Hart, Stacey, 1995; Bosch et al.