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[ad-n-oh-vahy-ruh s] /ˌæd n oʊˈvaɪ rəs/
noun, plural adenoviruses.
any of a group of DNA viruses that cause eye and respiratory diseases.
Origin of adenovirus
1955-60; adeno- + virus
Related forms
adenoviral, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adenovirus
  • Researchers had used an an adenovirus to slip four genes into each cell, but the microbe was causing lots of collateral damage.
  • Finally, when he ran the compound against adenovirus, it came back negative.
  • Later this year another viral vector, this time using a virus called adenovirus, will enter advanced clinical testing.
British Dictionary definitions for adenovirus


any of a group of viruses that can cause upper respiratory diseases in man Compare enterovirus, myxovirus
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adenovirus in Medicine

adenovirus ad·e·no·vi·rus (ād'n-ō-vī'rəs)
Any of the viruses of the family Adenoviridae. Also called adenoidal-pharyngeal-conjunctival virus.

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adenovirus in Science
Any of a group of DNA-containing viruses of the family Adenoviridae that commonly cause conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis, and respiratory infections such as colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia in humans.
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