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.
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.
Medical Definition of Variola major