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A pox is a type of disease, often caused by an animal virus, characterised by pockmarks. The term may be used (in an archaic sense) to refer to disease.
Pox, as a disease, may refer to:
- Smallpox, an infectious disease unique to humans, caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor
- Monkeypox, an exotic infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus
- Black pox, a symptom of smallpox that is caused by bleeding under the skin which makes the skin look charred or black. It was more common in teenagers [This is inconsistent with the entry on black pox]. This symptom usually indicates that a patient with smallpox is going to die
- Canarypox, an Avipoxvirus and etiologic agent of canarypox, a disease of wild and captive birds that can enter humans but is unable to survive or multiply in human cells.
- Potyviridae, a family of plant viruses
- Plum pox, the most devastating viral disease of stone fruit from the genus Prunus
- Herpes viruses
- Chickenpox, a highly contagious illness caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV)
- Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirochetal bacteria Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum
- ZOMBIEPOX, a 2012 board game
In computing, it may refer to:
- Pox: Save the People, a 2010 board game and mobile game
- Pox: Save the Puppies, a 2013 mobile game
- P-O-X, a 2001 handheld electronic game
- PoxNora, a 2006 multiplayer online game that combines a collectible card game with a turn-based strategy game in a fantasy setting
- Plain Old XML, basic XML, a computer data representation format
- Orthopox 13, a character in the video game series Destroy All Humans!
In other uses, pox or POX may refer to:
- Pox (drink), a ceremonial drink common among the Maya, especially those in Chamula
- POx, premature oxidation of wine
- Partial oxidation, a chemical reaction
- The P.O.X., a German band
- Pox, small rounded pegs of candy that are attached to a strip of paper
- President's Overseas XV, a 1971 rugby union squad, chosen to celebrate the centenary of the English Rugby Football Union, the oldest national rugby organisation in existence
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