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variola

[vuh-rahy-uh-luh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. smallpox.

Origin of variola

1795–1805; < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin vari(us) speckled (see various) + -ola -ole1
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British Dictionary definitions for variola

variola

noun
  1. the technical name for smallpox
Derived Formsvariolar, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Medieval Latin: disease marked by little spots, from Latin varius spotted
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Word Origin and History for variola

n.

"smallpox," 1771, from medical Latin diminutive of Latin varius "changing, various," in this case "speckled" (see vary).

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variola in Medicine

variola

([object Object])
n.
  1. smallpox
Related formsva•rio•lar (-lər) null adj.

variola in Science

variola

[və-rīə-lə, vâr′ē-ōlə]
  1. See smallpox.
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