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  1. resembling smallpox.
  2. of or relating to a mild case of smallpox.
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  1. a mild smallpox, especially as occurring in persons who were vaccinated or previously had the disease.
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Origin of varioloid

First recorded in 1815–25; variol(a) + -oid
Related formspost·var·i·o·loid, adjective
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Examples from the Web for varioloid

Historical Examples

  • For those who died of the varioloid, were spared the death of ebriety.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • He was first vaccinated, and two or three days after, attacked with varioloid.

    The Secret Service.

    Albert D. Richardson

  • Some died of small-pox, but Thomie has had varioloid and so escaped.

  • Doctor came to see me after dinner and has pronounced it a case of varioloid.

    An Artilleryman's Diary

    Jenkin Lloyd Jones

  • Infant, female, of a woman who died in the Alms House of varioloid disease, shortly after giving birth to this child.

British Dictionary definitions for varioloid


  1. resembling smallpox
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  1. a mild form of smallpox occurring in persons with partial immunity
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varioloid in Medicine


(vârē-ə-loid′, văr-, və-rīə-loid′)
  1. Varioliform.
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  1. A mild form of smallpox occurring in people who have been previously vaccinated or who have had the disease.
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