xenotropic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

xeno- +‎ -tropic

Adjective[edit]

xenotropic (not comparable)

  1. (biology) Describing a virus growing in tissue of an organism other than its normal host
    • 2009 October 9, Denise Grady, “Virus Is Found in Many With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”, New York Times:
      An article published online Thursday in the journal Science reports that 68 of 101 patients with the syndrome, or 67 percent, were infected with an infectious virus, xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus, or XMRV. By contrast, only 3.7 percent of 218 healthy people were infected.