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Meaning of subviral

sub•vi•ral

Pronunciation: (sub-vī'rul), [key]
— adj. Microbiol.
  1. of or pertaining to any macromolecule smaller in size or possessing a lesser degree of organization than a comparable intact viral particle.
  2. of or pertaining to a component or precursor particle of an intact infective virus.
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