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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.
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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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The genus Orthopoxvirus (family Poxviridae) is composed of 10 recognized viral species that infect vertebrates and cause serologic cross-reactions.
The SGPX virus is a Capri pox virus belong to the family Poxviridae, one of the largest (170-260 nm by 300-450 nm) enveloped, double stranded DNA viruses, lengths of around 150 kbp.
According to the (https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/treatment.html) Centers of Disease Control and Prevention , "Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (the cause of smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus."
Vaccinia es el virus modelo de la familia Poxviridae. Este y el virus de la viruela tienen inmunidad cruzada, lo que permitio utilizar el virus vaccinia como vacuna contra la viruela y erradicar con exito la enfermedad.
Bovine vaccinia (BV), caused by the Vaccinia virus (VACV), a DNA virus of the family Poxviridae, Genus Orthopoxvirus (OPV), stands out as an important re-emergent zoonosis in Brazil (DAMASO et al., 2000; TRINDADE et al., 2007; ICTV, 2013).
Sheeppox virus (SPPV) is a member of Capripox viruses (CaPVs) which belongs to the Poxviridae family (Fauquet et al., 2005).
Pseudocowpox is an affection caused by Pseudocowpox virus of family Poxviridae and genus Parapoxvirus (James et al., 2006).
VACV is a member of the Poxviridae, large double stranded DNA viruses that encode many immunomodulatory proteins.
Vaccinia (VACV) is a virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus of the family Poxviridae that, in humans, causes nonlethal, pustular, and localized disease.
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.