- of or relating to smallpox.
- affected with smallpox.
- having pits like those left by smallpox.
Origin of variolous
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After waiting two months Jenner inoculated him with variolous material.Makers of Modern Medicine
James J. Walsh
Some patients inoculated on the same day with variolous matter have considerable inflammation.
They were afterwards inoculated with variolous matter, and had the disease in the regular way.
Shall we conclude from hence, that the variolous matter never enters the blood-vessels?
Jenner himself is known to have made only two variolous tests.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
- relating to or resembling smallpox; variolar
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- Of, relating to, or affected with smallpox.
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