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Definition of Smallpox


  1. A contagious, constitutional, febrile disease characterized by a peculiar eruption; variola. The cutaneous eruption is at first a collection of papules which become vesicles (first flat, subsequently umbilicated) and then pustules, and finally thick crusts which slough after a certain time, often leaving a pit, or scar.

Smallpox Quotations

Measles and TB evolved from diseases of our cattle, influenza from a disease of pigs, and smallpox possibly from a disease of camels. The Americas had very few native domesticated animal species from which humans could acquire such diseases.
Jared Diamond

The thing is I think vaccines are one of the greatest medical breakthroughs that we have. I'm a big fan and a great fan of the history of the development of the smallpox vaccine, for example.
Rand Paul

I hope that some day the practice of producing cowpox in human beings will spread over the world - when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox.
Edward Jenner

I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.
Woody Allen

Infectious diseases introduced with Europeans, like smallpox and measles, spread from one Indian tribe to another, far in advance of Europeans themselves, and killed an estimated 95% of the New World's Indian population.
Jared Diamond
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Smallpox Translations

smallpox in Danish is kopper
smallpox in Dutch is pokken
smallpox in French is variolique, variole
smallpox in German is Pocken
smallpox in Italian is vaioloso
smallpox in Spanish is viruela
smallpox in Swedish is smittkoppor
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