from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or affected with smallpox.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to or designating smallpox; variolar; variolic.
  • In entomology, having somewhat scattered and irregular varioles.
  • Also variolar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Med.) Of or pertaining to the smallpox; having pits, or sunken impressions, like those of the smallpox; variolar; variolic.

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  • adjective medicine Of or pertaining to smallpox.

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  • adjective relating to small pox


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Latin variolosus, from variola the smallpox: compare French varioleux.


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  • Here we see a deflation from the ordinary habits of the smallpox, as it has been observed that the presence of the measles suspends the action of the variolous matter.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • His report to me is that the child went through the disease without apparent illness, yet that it was found effectually to resist the action of variolous matter with which it was subsequently inoculated.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • In every instance the patient who has felt its influence, has completely lost the susceptibility for the variolous contagion; and as these instances are now become numerous, I conceive that, joined to the observations in the former part of this paper, they sufficiently preclude me from the necessity of entering into controversies with those who have circulated reports adverse to my assertions, on no other evidence than what has been casually collected.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • Mary Barge, of Woodford, in this parish, was inoculated with variolous matter in the year 1791.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • Although the skin, for example, adipose membrane, or mucous membranes are all capable of producing the variolous virus by the stimulus given by the particles originally deposited upon them, yet I am induced to conceive that each of these parts is capable of producing some variation in the qualities of the matter previous to its affecting the constitution.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • He was, therefore, inoculated with variolous matter from a fresh pustule; but, as in the preceding cases, the system did not feel the effects of it in the smallest degree.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • However, though the variolous matter was repeatedly inserted into his arm, I found it impracticable to infect him with it; an efflorescence only, taking on an erysipelatous look about the centre, appearing on the skin near the punctured parts.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • As well as the perfect change from that state in which variolous matter is capable of producing full and decisive effects on the constitution, to that wherein its specific properties are entirely lost, it may reasonably be supposed that it is capable of undergoing a variety of intermediate changes.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • I inoculated the mother and eldest sister with variolous matter taken from Master H —.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005

  • Morbid matter of various kinds, when absorbed into the system, may produce effects in some degree similar; but what renders the cow-pox virus so extremely singular is that the person who has been thus affected is forever after secure from the infection of the smallpox; neither exposure to the variolous effluvia, nor the insertion of the matter into the skin, producing this distemper.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox 2005


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