One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous inclusion bodies in the cytoplasm of skin cells in cases of smallpox, cowpox, and monkeypox, now thought to be aggregates of poxvirus particles. Usually in plural.
1930s; earliest use found in Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology. From the name of Enrique Paschen, Mexican-born German bacteriologist, who described the particles + body.
Paschen body/ˌpaʃn ˈbɒdi/
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