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virion

[vahy-ree-on, vir-ee-]
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noun
  1. the infectious form of a virus as it exists outside the host cell, consisting of a nucleic acid core, a protein coat, and, in some species, an external envelope.

Origin of virion

< French virion (1959), equivalent to viri(en) viral (see virus, -ian) + -on -on1
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British Dictionary definitions for virions

virion

noun
  1. a virus in infective form, consisting of an RNA particle within a protein covering

Word Origin

C20: from vir (us) + ion
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Word Origin and History for virions

virion

n.

coined in French, 1959, from virus (see virus) + -on.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

virions in Medicine

virion

(vīrē-ŏn′, vîrē-)
n.
  1. A complete viral particle, consisting of RNA or DNA surrounded by a protein shell and constituting the infective form of a virus.
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virions in Science

virion

[vīrē-ŏn′, vîrē-]
  1. A complete viral particle, consisting of RNA or DNA surrounded by a protein shell and constituting the infective form of a virus. The shell, called a capsid, protects the interior core that includes the genome and other proteins. After the virion binds to the surface of a specific host cell, its DNA or RNA is injected into the host cell and viral replication occurs with eventual spread of the infection to other host cells.
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