noun Etymology: New Latin, from myxomat-, myxoma Date: 1927 a condition characterized by the presence of myxomas in the body; specifically a severe virus disease of rabbits that is caused by a poxvirus (species Myxoma virus of the genus Leporipoxvirus) transmitted by mosquitoes and that has been used in the biological control of rabbits especially in Australia

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  • myxomatosis — n. (Biol.) a viral disease (usually fatal) of rabbits. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • myxomatosis — ► NOUN ▪ a highly infectious and usually fatal disease of rabbits, spread by a virus and causing inflammation and discharge around the eyes. ORIGIN from Greek muxa slime, mucus …   English terms dictionary

  • myxomatosis — [mik΄sə mə tō′sis] n. [see MYXOMA & OSIS] 1. the presence of many myxomas 2. an infectious viral disease in rabbits, transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by tumorous growths resembling myxomas …   English World dictionary

  • Myxomatosis — For the Radiohead song, see Hail to the Thief. Not to be confused with Myxoma. European Rabbit in Shropshire, England, infected with myxomatosis, caused by the Myxoma virus Myxomatosis (sometimes shortened to myxi ) is a disease that affects… …   Wikipedia

  • myxomatosis — /mik seuh meuh toh sis/, n. 1. Pathol. a. a condition characterized by the presence of many myxomas. b. myxomatous degeneration. 2. Vet. Pathol. a highly infectious viral disease of rabbits, artificially introduced into Great Britain and… …   Universalium

  • myxomatosis — noun A disease of rabbits. Syn: myxo, mixi …   Wiktionary

  • myxomatosis — 1. SYN: mucoid degeneration. 2. Multiple myxomas. * * * myx·o·ma·to·sis mik .sō mə tō səs n, pl to·ses .sēz a condition characterized by the presence of myxomas in the body specif a severe virus disease of rabbits that is caused by a poxvirus… …   Medical dictionary

  • myxomatosis — myx|o|ma|to|sis [ˌmıksəməˈtəusıs US ˈtou ] n [U] a disease that kills rabbits …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • myxomatosis — myx|o|ma|to|sis [ ,mıksəmə təusıs ] noun uncount MEDICAL a serious disease that kills RABBITS that has been introduced artificially in the past to keep the number of wild RABBITS low …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • myxomatosis —  Viral disease in rabbits …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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