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noun, Pathology.
a highly contagious form of influenza caused by infection with a filterable virus first isolated from swine.
swine flu
A highly contagious form of influenza seen in swine, caused by a virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae. The infection is communicable to humans and caused a worldwide epidemic in 1918.


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