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any member of a group of small ether-resistant DNA viruses; this term is no longer used in official viral nomenclature. The species that infect humans are all papillomaviruses.
An older name for any virus of the family Papovaviridae.
n. pl. papovavi·ruses
A former family of DNA viruses that included the papillomaviruses and polyomaviruses.
papovavirusA family of small icosahedral double-stranded DNA viruses–eg, SV40 and polyomavirus, which induce benign and malignant neoplasms
Any virus of the family Papovaviridae.