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From the genus name.


pithovirus (plural pithoviruses)

  1. Any of the genus Pithovirus of giant viruses known from one species, Pithovirus sibericum, which infects amoebas.
    • 2014 March 3, Ed Yong, “Giant virus resurrected from 30,000-year-old ice”, in Nature News[1]:
      Evolutionary biologists Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, the husband-and-wife team at Aix-Marseille University in France who led the work, named it Pithovirus sibericum, inspired by the Greek word 'pithos' for the large container used by the ancient Greeks to store wine and food.
    • 2014 March 8, M Legendre et. al., “Thirty-thousand-year-old distant relative of giant icosahedral DNA viruses with a pandoravirus morphology”, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:
      In this context, Pithovirus was initially spotted using light microscopy as ovoid particles (Fig. S1) multiplying in a culture of Acanthamoeba castellanii inoculated with a sample of Siberian permafrost from the Kolyma lowland region.
    • 2015, Anton G. Kutikhin, Recent Discoveries in Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology[2]:
      The discovery of “giant” viruses such as mimiviruses (La Scola et al., 2003), megaviruses (Arslan et al., 2011), pandoraviruses (Philippe et al., 2013), and pithoviruses (Legendre et al., 2014) now creates a continuum in genome size and functional complexity between the virosphere and cells.
    • 2016, Mark A.S. McMenamin, Dynamic Paleontology[3]:
      But the Pithovirus is largest of all, reaching an enormous 1.5 μ, larger than many bacteria.

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