Definition of Variola major

1. Noun. A highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars.

Exact synonyms: Smallpox, Variola
Generic synonyms: Pox
Specialized synonyms: Alastrim, Cuban Itch, Kaffir Pox, Milk Pox, Pseudosmallpox, Pseudovariola, Variola Minor, West Indian Smallpox, White Pox
Terms within: Pock



2. Noun. A type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent.
Exact synonyms: Variola Major Virus
Generic synonyms: Smallpox Virus, Variola Virus

Medical Definition of Variola major

1. This acute viral disease once claimed a high mortality rate, but was officially announced as globally eradicated in 1979. This was due to who vaccination programs. Headache, vomiting and fever precede, the eruption of a widespread rash that is raised, vesicular and finally pustular. The eruption follows a set pattern of dissemination, commencing on the head and face. When the final stage is passed scars (pockmarks) are left to disfigure the skin. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Variola Major

varifocal
varifocal lens
varifocals
varifold
varifolds
variform
variformed
varify
varifying
varimax
variogram
variograms
variola
variola benigna
variola haemorrhagica
variola major (current term)
variola major virus
variola maligna
variola minor
variola minor virus
variola pemphigosa
variola vaccina
variola vaccine
variola vaccinia
variola vera
variola verrucosa
variola virus
variolar
variolas
variolate

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