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- noun medicine A milder variant of
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- noun a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
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From Portuguese alastrim, from alastrar ("to spread out").
The deadlier form, V. major, has a mortality rate of 30-35%, while V. minor causes a milder form of disease called alastrim and kills ~1% of its victims.