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Meaning of smallpox

small•pox

Pronunciation: (smôl'poks"), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. an acute, highly contagious, febrile disease, caused by the variola virus, and characterized by a pustular eruption that often leaves permanent pits or scars: eradicated worldwide by vaccination programs.
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