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cowpox

[ kou-poks ]

noun

, Veterinary Pathology.
  1. an eruptive disease appearing on the teats and udders of cows, cow, in which small pustules form that contain a virus used in the vaccination of humans against smallpox.


cowpox

/ ˈkaʊˌpɒks /

noun

  1. a contagious viral disease of cows characterized by vesicles on the skin, esp on the teats and udder. Inoculation of humans with this virus provides temporary immunity to smallpox. It can be transmitted to other species, esp cats


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cowpox1

First recorded in 1790–1800; cow 1 + pox

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Example Sentences

Monkeypox is a DNA virus in the Orthopoxvirus genus, which includes smallpox, cowpox and camelpox.

Some suggested bringing cows on board and slowly giving them cowpox one by one.

Ten years earlier, Jenner had intentionally infected a boy with cowpox, in order to protect him against the much more terrifying smallpox disease.

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Public vaccination began after English physician Edward Jenner learned that milkmaids were protected from smallpox after exposure to cowpox, a related virus in cows.

In 1798, the English physician Edward Jenner had shown that an injection of cowpox — variolae vaccinae — protected people from the horrors of smallpox.

Another function of the board of health is the preparation and distribution of vaccine (material containing the virus of cowpox).

Whether cowpox is a modified form of smallpox or a distinct disease is unknown.

After he had differentiated genuine cowpox, however, there was no difficulty in tracing its apparent protective power.

The boy went through an attack of cowpox in a regularly satisfactory manner.

Jenner demonstrated conclusively that the cowpox protects the human constitution from the infection of smallpox.

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