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What does 'aphtho' mean?

Vasconcelos Costa 385 jcosta at pen.gulbenkian.pt
Mon Oct 2 10:23:50 EST 1995

> From: Nikolaj Blom <nikob at cbs.dtu.dk>
> To: "bionet.virology mail newsgroup" <bionet-news at dl.ac.uk>
> Subject: What does 'aphtho' mean?
> Hi all,
> I am studying the picornaviridae and have been wondering
> about the meaning of the word 'aphtho' as in aphthovirus
> (these may cause foot-and-mouth-disease).
> Can anyone explain, please?
> Thanks in advance.
> /Nikolaj
I don't know Greek but I have the advantage that many medical terms in Por-
tuguese derive directly from Greek .
"Afta" in my language is a vesicular lesion in the oral mucosa. So, I guess
that aphto in Greek has the same meaning, what would make the term aphtovirus
very meaningful.

Joao V. Costa

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