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Medical Term:

cytopathic effect

 

Definition: degenerative changes in cells (especially in tissue culture) associated with the multiplication of certain viruses; when, in tissue culture, spread of virus is restricted by an overlay of agar (or other suitable substance) the cytopathic effect may lead to formation of plaque.

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