Naked virus

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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.

Also called:

  • non-enveloped virus
  • non-encapsulated virus


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