Definition of variola in English:

variola

Pronunciation /vəˈrīələ/ /vəˈraɪələ/ /ˌverēˈōlə/ /ˌvɛriˈoʊlə/

noun

Medicine
technical term for smallpox
  • ‘Other viruses in this group that can cause infection in humans include variola, vaccinia (used in smallpox vaccine), and cowpox viruses.’
  • ‘No current technology is capable of discriminating variola from vaccinia (ie, the acute infectious disease caused by smallpox vaccination).’
  • ‘Stocks of variola, the virus that causes the disease, remained in two locations - one in the United States and one in Russia.’
  • ‘The Smallpox virus, or variola, has been wreaking havoc across the globe for thousands of years.’
  • ‘It suggested that immunizing humans against smallpox might protect them against genetically engineered variola as well.’

Origin

Late 18th century from medieval Latin, literally ‘pustule, pock’, from Latin varius ‘diverse’.

Pronunciation

variola

/vəˈrīələ/ /vəˈraɪələ/ /ˌverēˈōlə/ /ˌvɛriˈoʊlə/