- * * *A disease of monkeys and, rarely, of humans caused by the m. virus, a member of the family Poxviridae; the human disease is serious and clinically resembles smallpox.
* * *mon·key·pox 'məŋ-kē-.päks n a rare virus disease esp. of rain forest areas of central and western Africa that is caused by a poxvirus of the genus Orthopoxvirus (species Monkeypox virus), that occurs in wild rodents and primates and in captive monkeys, and that when transmitted to humans resembles smallpox but is milder
* * *mon·key·pox (mungґke-poks) a mild, epidemic, exanthematous disease occurring in captive monkeys and other mammals; it can be transmitted to humans, in whom it causes a disease clinically similar to smallpox.
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