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virus

Edited by Elizabeth Martin and Robert Hine

in A Dictionary of Biology

Seventh edition

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9780198714378
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191782770
virus

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A particle that is too small to be seen with a light microscope or to be trapped by filters but is capable of independent metabolism and reproduction within a living cell. Outside its host cell a virus is completely inert. A mature virus (a ...

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Subjects: Biological Sciences

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