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virusoid

Pronunciation: vi'rus-oyd

Definition: A plant pathogen resembling a viroid but having a much larger circular or linear RNA segment and a capsid; it is a satellite agent requiring an associated virus (helper virus) for replication.

[virus + G. eidos, resembling]

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