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n. pl. pox·vi·rus·es
Any of a group of DNA-containing viruses, including those that cause smallpox, cowpox, and other poxlike diseases in vertebrates.


(Pathology) any of the viruses responsible for pox diseases


(ˈpɒksˌvaɪ rəs)

n. pl. -rus•es.
any of various large, brick-shaped or ovoid viruses of the family Poxviridae, including the viruses that cause smallpox and other pox diseases.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poxvirus - any of a group of viruses that can cause pox diseases in vertebrates
myxoma virus - a poxvirus closely related to smallpox virus; causes benign gelatinous tumors in humans
smallpox virus, variola virus - the virus that causes smallpox in humans; can be used as a bioweapon
animal virus - an animal pathogen that is a virus
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Evidence of zoonotic Poxviridae coinfections in clinically diagnosed papillomas using a newly developed mini-array test.
Sheeppox virus (SPPV) is a member of Capripox viruses (CaPVs) which belongs to the Poxviridae family (Fauquet et al.
sheep poxvirus (SPPV), goatpox virus (GTPV), and lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV) of the family Poxviridae have proved to be effective recombinant vectors to induce protective immunity against several other viruses (20-23).
Vaccinia virus (VACV) belongs to family Poxviridae, genus Orthopoxvirus, and is associated with exanthematic and vesicular disease mainly in cattle, but also in man and, possibly in wild and peridomestic rodents (TRINDADE et al.
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a common viral infection caused by molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV), a double-stranded DNA virus which belongs to Poxviridae family.
Avian poxviruses are members of the genus Avipoxvirus of the Poxviridae family, which comprises a group of morphologically similar, large and complex DNA viruses that have varied degrees of host specificity.
Contagious ecthyma (CE) is a contagious specific skin-disease of small ruminants, caused by a parapox virus of family poxviridae (Savory et al.
The CE etiologic agent is a DNA virus, epitheliotropic (2-4,6,7) of the Parapoxvirus genus, Poxviridae family (Orf virus) (1,2,6,7).
DISCUSSION: MC is caused by a virus Molluscum contagiosum virus which is a member of the family Poxviridae (genus Molluscipoxvirus).
Es ocasionada por el virus denominado Variola, que pertenece al genero Orthopoxvirus (caracterizado por la conformacion por parte del virus de cadenas dobles de ADN, que son largas y en forma de ladrillo, ademas se replican en el citoplasma celular y no en el nucleo celular como otros virus) y a la familia Poxviridae.