noun, plural: naked viruses
A virus lacking the viral envelope
Naked viruses pertain to those that only have nucleocapsid, which is a protein capsid that covers the genome of the virus. Some of the naked viruses are parvoviruses, papovaviruses, adenoviruses, and reoviruses. These viruses use their nucleocapsid to enter cells.
- non-enveloped virus
- non-encapsulated virus