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Definition: 'Papovaviridae'

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Papovaviridae

Type: Term

Pronunciation: pă-pō′vă-vir′i-dē

Definitions:
1. A family of small, antigenically distinct viruses that replicate in nuclei of infected cells; most have oncogenic properties. Virions are 45–55 nm in diameter, nonenveloped, and ether resistant; capsids are icosahedral with 72 capsomeres, and they contain double-stranded circular DNA (MW 3–5 × 106). The family includes two genera, Papillomavirus and Polyomavirus.

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