[vahy-rol-uh-jee, vi-]

Origin of virology

First recorded in 1930–35; vir(us) + -o- + -logy
Related formsvi·ro·log·i·cal [vahy-ruh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌvaɪ rəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivevi·rol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for virology


  1. the branch of medicine concerned with the study of viruses and the diseases they cause
Derived Formsvirological (ˌvaɪrəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivevirologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for virology

1935, from comb. form of virus + -ology. Related: Virological.

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virology in Medicine


  1. The study of viruses and viral diseases.
Related formsvi′ro•logi•cal (vī′rə-lŏjĭ-kəl) null•rolo•gist n.
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virology in Science


  1. The scientific study of viruses and viral diseases.
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