arena-virus

arenavirus

[ahr-en-ey-vahy-ruhs]
noun, plural arenaviruses.
any of various RNA-containing viruses of the family Arenaviridae, usually transmitted to humans by contact with excreta of infected rodents.

Origin:
1971; earlier arenovirus (1970) < Latin (h)arēn(a) sand + -o- + virus; so called from the RNA granules seen in cross sections of the virion

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Arenavirus Ar·e·na·vi·rus (ār'ə-nə-vī'rəs, ə-rē'nə-)
n.
The single genus of viruses in the family Arenaviridae that includes the viruses that cause lymphocytic choriomeningitis and Lassa fever.

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