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mammary tumor virus of mice


Definition: one of the mammalian Type B retroviruses, antigenically distinct from the murine leukemia-sarcoma complex, which is associated with adenocarcinomatous tumors of the mammary gland, commonly latent in wild and laboratory mice and causing cancer only in genetically susceptible strains under certain hormonal influences.

Synonym(s): Bittner agent, Bittner milk factor, Bittner virus, mammary cancer virus of mice, milk factor, mouse mammary tumor virus

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