The Shapes Of A Virus

The four different types of Virus shapes

The four shapes of a virus are spherical, complex, helical, and polyhedral.

An example of a spherical virus is an influenza. An example of a helical shape is a tobacco mosaic virus. An example of a complex virus is a bacteriophage. Lastly, an example of a polyhedral is an adenovirus.

Shapes of Viruses

When you drive around on the road, you see all sorts of different types of vehicles. But in the end they are all a type of vehicle regardless of their shape, size and color. Likewise, viruses have many different shapes as well. Some of their shapes are unique to certain viruses and the things they infect. These shapes aren't just for looks. Like certain types of automobiles, they actually confer a function.

The protective protein shell of each virus is called a 'capsid.'

Complex Virus

Viruses have many structural shapes, often falling into certain categories. While some have symmetrical shapes, viruses with asymmetrical structures are referred to as "complex. " These viruses possess a capsid that is neither purely helical nor purely icosahedral and may possess extra structures such as protein tails or a complex outer walls.

What Is A Virus?

A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms.