Definition of papovavirus in English:

papovavirus

noun

Medicine
  • Any of a group of small DNA viruses, most of which infect mammals and can cause sarcoma and warts.

    • ‘Eighty-three percent of hamsters inoculated at birth with JC virus, a human papovavirus isolated from brain tissue of a case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, developed malignant gliomas within 6 months.’
    • ‘Phleomycin, a copper-containing antibiotic, was effective in blocking the synthesis of infectious simian papovavirus SV40.’

Origin

1960s: from pa(pilloma) + po(lyoma) + va(cuolating) + virus.

Pronunciation

papovavirus

/pəˈpəʊvəˌvʌɪrəs/