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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: orf


A specific disease of sheep and goats, caused by the orf virus, family Poxviridae. This virus is transmissible to humans and characterized by vesiculation and ulceration of the infected site.

Synonym(s): contagious ecthyma, scabby mouth, soremouth

[O.E. orfcwealm, murrain, fr. orf, cattle, + cwealm, destruction]

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