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[fil-uh-vahy-ruh s, fahy-luh‐] /ˈfɪl əˈvaɪ rəs, ˈfaɪ lə‐/
noun, plural filoviruses.
any of several filamentous, single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Filoviridae, defined by their unique appearance and reproductive strategies, as the Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Origin of filovirus
1985-90; New Latin, equivalent to Latin fīl(um) a thread + -o- + virus Unabridged
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any member of a family of viruses that includes the agents responsible for Ebola virus disease and Marburg disease
Word Origin
C20: from Latin filum thread + virus
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filovirus in Medicine

filovirus fi·lo·vi·rus (fē'lō-vū'rəs, fĭl'o)
Any of a group of filamentous RNA viruses of the family Filoviridae, including Ebola and Marburg viruses, that are characterized by elongated, branched, curved, or spherical virions and that cause hemorrhagic fevers.

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