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Volume 20, Number 5—May 2014

Etymologia

Etymologia: Papillomavirus

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Papillomavirus [papʺĭ-loʹmə-viʺrəs]

From the Latin papillo- (“nipple”) + oma (“tumor”), papillomaviruses are nonenveloped DNA viruses that induce exophytic lesions of the skin and mucous membranes. The first animal papillomavirus was described in 1933 by Richard Shope, who researched papillomata in “warty” wild cottontail rabbits. In 1975, Harald zur Hausen published the hypothesis that the human papillomavirus played a role in the etiology of cervical cancer, work for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2008.

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Suggested citation for this article: Etymologia: Papillomavirus. Emerg Infect Dis [Internet]. 2014 May [date cited]. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2005.ET2005

DOI: 10.3201/eid2005.ET2005

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