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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a group of small viruses that contain DNA in an icosahedral protein shell and cause disease in many vertebrates, especially mammals such as dogs and cattle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any single-stranded DNA viruses, of the genus Parvovirus, being the smallest found in nature; they infect only mammals

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of a group of viruses containing DNA in an icosahedral protein shell and causing disease in dogs and cattle; not known to be associated with any human disease

Etymologies

Latin parvus, small; + virus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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