[ mik-suh-muh-toh-sis ]
/ ˌmɪk sə məˈtoʊ sɪs /


  1. a condition characterized by the presence of many myxomas.
  2. myxomatous degeneration.
Veterinary Pathology. a highly infectious viral disease of rabbits, artificially introduced into Great Britain and Australia to reduce the rabbit population.

Origin of myxomatosis

1925–30; < New Latin myxomat- (stem of myxoma; see myx-, -oma) + -osis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for myxomatosis

  • But Monica had first sight of the poems themselves, along with Myxomatosis, Essential Beauty, Solar, Days, Water, Sad Steps.

    The Best of Brit Lit|Peter Stothard|December 3, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for myxomatosis

/ (ˌmɪksəməˈtəʊsɪs) /


an infectious and usually fatal viral disease of rabbits characterized by swelling of the mucous membranes and formation of skin tumours; transmitted by flea bites
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Medical definitions for myxomatosis

[ mĭk-sō′mə-tōsĭs ]


A condition characterized by the growth of many myxomas.
A highly infectious, usually fatal disease of rabbits that is caused by a pox virus and is characterized by many skin tumors similar to myxomas.
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