Meaning of Shope in English:

Shope

Pronunciation /ʃəʊp/

noun

Biology
  • 1Attributive and in the genitive. Designating a transmissible soft-tissue tumour (fibroma or myxoma) of rabbits, the condition of having such a tumour or tumours, and the poxvirus (genus Leporipoxvirus) which causes such tumours.

    The poxvirus causing Shope fibromas is closely related to that which causes myxomatosis in rabbits.

  • 2Attributive and in the genitive. Designating a transmissible skin tumour (papilloma) of rabbits, the condition of having such a tumour or tumours, and the papillomavirus which causes such tumours.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in The Lancet. From the name of Richard Edwin Shope, U.S. pathologist, who described the fibroma and its causative virus in 1932 (Jrnl. Exper. Med 66 793 and Jrnl. Exper. Med 66 803), and the papilloma and its causative virus in 1933 (Jrnl. Exper. Med 68 607).