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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - (microbiology) an infectious protein particle similar to a virus but lacking nucleic acid.

Usage examples (34)
  • Fri, 01/29/2010 - 05: 34 — Naomie (not verified) the name prion
  • You say she disputed the name prion because it did not behave as a protein under radiation.
  • The name prion (pronounced pree-on) is derived from "proteinaceous infectious particle."
  • It is caused by a prion, which is neither a virus nor a bacteria, and technically, is not "alive". for more
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