Adjective "phocine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or affecting the true (earless) seals.
  1. 'The latest outbreak of phocine distemper virus has already killed more than 1,500 seals in other parts of Britain.'
  2. 'There are four clades that meet both of these criteria (74.2% - 99.9% nucleotide identity): the Sendai clade, the human parainfluenza-3 clade, the measles clade, and the phocine/canine distemper clade.'
  3. 'The manager of the Orkney Seal Rescue Centre is playing down the significance of the first confirmed case of phocine distemper virus in Scotland, in a common seal washed ashore at Dornoch last month.'


1. of or relating to seals.

More examples(as adjective)

"viruses can be phocine."


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Phocinae (subfamily name), from Greek phōkē ‘seal’.