tobacco mosaic virus

  1. a retrovirus causing mosaic disease in members of the nightshade family. Abbreviation: TMV

Origin of tobacco mosaic virus

First recorded in 1935–40

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How to use tobacco mosaic virus in a sentence

  • You, for instance, couldn't catch tobacco mosaic virus, and the tobacco plant can't catch the measles virus.

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British Dictionary definitions for tobacco mosaic virus

tobacco mosaic virus

  1. the virus that causes mosaic disease in tobacco and related plants: its discovery in 1892 provided the first evidence of the existence of viruses: Abbreviation: TMV

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