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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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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.
APVs, which contain a double-stranded DNA genome, are members of the genus Avipoxvirus, family Poxviridae (1).
Fowl pox virus is a member of the genus Avipoxvirus of family Poxviridae and subfamily chordopoxviridae.
The family Poxviridae and the subfamily Chordopoxvirinae (poxviruses of vertebrates) contain 8 genera.
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is caused by a DNA virus of the Poxviridae family.