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virus

Michael Kent

in The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Third edition

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780198568506
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191727788
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A member of a group of minute infectious agents that have a relatively simple structure and can reproduce only within living cells. Viruses consist of genetic material (either DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protein coat. They are responsible for many diseases including the common cold, influenza, and AIDS. They are not affected by antibiotics, but many viral diseases can be effectively treated by vaccines....

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Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine

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