American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A retrovirus causing mosaic disease in tobacco and some other plants that was a primary focus of study in early plant virology.
- n. the widely studied plant virus that causes tobacco mosaic; it was the first virus discovered (1892)
“On the left is the tobacco mosaic virus TMV, which parasitizes tobacco plants and other members of the family Solanaceae, such as tomatoes.”
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"n. biology Any organism (e.g. the fruit fly) that has been extensively studied as an example of many others, and from which general principles may be established"
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