echo-virus

echovirus

[ek-oh-vahy-ruhs]
noun, plural echoviruses.
any of numerous retroviruses of the picornavirus group, some harmless and others associated with various human disorders, as aseptic meningitis.
Also, echo virus, ECHO virus.


Origin:
1950–55; echo- (acronym from enteric cytopathogenic human orphan) + virus; orig. termed “orphan” because they were not known to be the cause of any disease

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echovirus or ECHO virus (ˈɛkəʊˌvaɪrəs)
 
n
any of a group of viruses that can cause symptoms of mild meningitis, the common cold, or infections of the intestinal and respiratory tracts
 
[C20: from the initials of Enteric Cytopathic Human Orphan ("orphan" because originally believed to be unrelated to any disease) + virus]
 
ECHO virus or ECHO virus
 
n
 
[C20: from the initials of Enteric Cytopathic Human Orphan ("orphan" because originally believed to be unrelated to any disease) + virus]

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echovirus ech·o·vi·rus (ěk'ō-vī'rəs) or ECHO virus (ěk'ō)
n.
Any of a number of retroviruses of the family Picornaviridae, inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract and associated with various diseases, such as viral meningitis, mild respiratory infections, and severe diarrhea in newborns.

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