variola major

Definitions 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
    synonyms: smallpox, variola
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    Cuban itch, Kaffir pox, West Indian smallpox, alastrim, milk pox, pseudosmallpox, pseudovariola, variola minor, white pox
    a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
    type of:
    a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
  2. noun
    a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent
    synonyms: variola major virus
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    type of:
    smallpox virus, variola virus
    the virus that causes smallpox in humans; can be used as a bioweapon
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