polyoma virus

[ pol-ee-oh-muh ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈoʊ mə /

noun

a small DNA-containing virus, of the papovavirus group, that can produce a variety of tumors in mice, hamsters, rabbits, and rats.

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Origin of polyoma virus

First recorded in 1955–60; poly- + -oma
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