One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attributive Designating either of two closely-related retroviruses that are oncogenic in mice, one of which (in full "Moloney leukaemia virus", "Moloney murine leukaemia virus") causes lymphomas and leukaemia, and the other of which (in full "Moloney murine sarcoma virus", "Moloney sarcoma virus") causes rhabdomyosarcomas.
1960s; earliest use found in Science. From the name of John Bromley Moloney, U.S. oncologist, who isolated the viruses, the first in 1959.
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