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  1. a variety of chicken pox.
  2. Veterinary Pathology. a mild pox disease of swine, caused by a virus related to that of cowpox, characterized by the appearance of pustules in the skin, especially of the abdomen.
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Origin of swinepox

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for swinepox

Historical Examples of swinepox

  • Sometime after Jenner had used the swinepox matter, he began to talk among his medical neighbours of using cowpox matter.

    A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)

    Charles Creighton

  • He inoculated his eldest son with the matter of swinepox and produced a disease similar to a very mild smallpox.

  • In the course of his researches he was led to conclude that swinepox, as well as cowpox, was only a variety of smallpox.

British Dictionary definitions for swinepox


  1. Also called: variola porcina (pɔːˈsɑɪnə) an acute infectious viral disease of pigs characterized by skin eruptions
  2. a form of chickenpox in which the skin eruptions are not pitted
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