[ vair-ee-uh-loid ]

  1. resembling smallpox.

  2. of or relating to a mild case of smallpox.

  1. a mild smallpox, especially as occurring in persons who were vaccinated or previously had the disease.

Origin of varioloid

First recorded in 1815–25; variol(a) + -oid

Other words from varioloid

  • post·var·i·o·loid, adjective

Words Nearby varioloid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use varioloid in a sentence

  • Schoenlein was the first to call attention to the distinction between variola and varioloid.

  • Julia had the smallpox, not varioloid, but the veritable thing itself, in its most aggravated form.

    Miss McDonald | Mary J. Holmes
  • Henry Robson taken to smallpox camp, having been sick in camp for nearly a week with varioloid.

    An Artilleryman's Diary | Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • Doubtless there is a difference, and yet they differ only as the varioloid differs from the worse disease.

    Popular Amusements | J. T. Crane
  • While these cannot be called varioloid, yet the death rate is much lower than in smallpox occurring in the unvaccinated.

British Dictionary definitions for varioloid


/ (ˈvɛərɪəˌlɔɪd) /

  1. resembling smallpox

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

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