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  • n. Plural form of virion.


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  • And the inactive forms of viruses, called virions, are found throughout the environment.

  • Does this leave countless flu victims spewing virions all over the subway, bus, train, home, or office -- oblivious to the fact that they may be spreading the dreaded flu?

    Peter Christian Hall: Is that Cough Swine Flu? Don't Ask the CDC

  • Photomicrograph of multiple virions of the yellow fever virus.

    Yellow Fever

  • The simple reason for this is that the virus has burned its way through chimpanzee populations for thousands of years, a long enough time for the virions which do not kill their host, at least not quickly, to outcompete the most lethal strains.

    Balloon Juice » 2006 » May

  • One of the densest natural sources for phages and other viruses is sea water, where up to 109 virions per milliliter have been found at the surface, and up to 70% of marine bacteria may be infected by phages.

    Cloverfield Haiku Contest

  • Knowland, who was in John Gurdon's laboratory, it became clear that the RNA in the virions did not direct the synthesis of coat protein.

    Tim Hunt - Autobiography

  • "Provided you show me the virions you and Jonathan's mother isolated."


  • "We're not positive the virions are in the tissue culture," Sheila said.


  • "But I think we should take all the data and the tissue cultures that we hope are producing some virions."


  • The vegetative phase takes its course, virions are formed, and the bacterium explodes and dies.

    André Lwoff - Nobel Lecture


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