Mark Mandel Mark.A.Mandel at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 8 22:37:23 UTC 2009

On Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:

> PRO from "proteinaceous", IN from "infectious". with a bit of letter
> rearrangement (possibly, the OED speculates, on the model of VIRION,
> based on VIRUS).

How about
PR from proteinaceous
I from infectious
-on as ending; common enough in physics and chemistry, from the Greek (2nd
decl?) neuter nom. sing.

m a m

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