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Give the general name for this state when viruses are not considered "living" when...

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catlover | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted January 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM via web

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Give the general name for this state when viruses are not considered "living" when outside a host cell.

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM (Answer #1)

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When a virus is extracellular, (outside the cell), it is called a virion. A virion is made up of nucleic acid surrounded by a protein coat called a capsid. I think virion is the word you're looking for. But two other types of virus particles are viroids which lack a caspid and are only found in plants, and prions are proteins lacking nucleic acid but these have been shown to infect animals.

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