girus

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Blend of giant and virus

Coined by J M Claverie, H Ogata, S Audic, C Abergel, K Suhre, P E Fournier, in 2006 paper in Virus Research (DOI 10.1016/j.virusres.2006.01.008)

Noun[edit]

girus (plural giruses)

  1. (virology) a type of giant virus, a giant nucleocytoplasmic large DNA virus (giant NCLDV)