from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A retrovirus causing mosaic disease in tobacco and some other plants that was a primary focus of study in early plant virology.
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- n. the widely studied plant virus that causes tobacco mosaic; it was the first virus discovered (1892)
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On the left is the tobacco mosaic virus TMV, which parasitizes tobacco plants and other members of the family Solanaceae, such as tomatoes.