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hantavirus

[hahn-tuh-vahy-ruh s, han‐] /ˈhɑn təˌvaɪ rəs, ˈhæn‐/
noun, plural hantaviruses.
1.
any of several viruses of the family Bunyaviridae, spread chiefly by wild rodents, that cause acute respiratory illness, kidney failure, and other syndromes.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80; after the Hantaan River in Korea, near which the virus first afflicted Westerners in the 1950s
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Examples for hantavirus
  • hantavirus is carried by rodents, especially deer mice.
  • hantavirus, a rare virus carried by rodents, causes a dangerous form of lung disease.
  • It appeared to be a previously unknown species of hantavirus.
  • hantavirus is the name of a family of related viruses that have virtually a worldwide distribution.
  • hantavirus is a rare but deadly disease that humans catch from infected rodents.
  • hantavirus is a potentially deadly disease caused by a virus carried by rodents.
British Dictionary definitions for hantavirus

hantavirus

/ˈhæntəˌvaɪrəs/
noun
1.
any one of a group of viruses that are transmitted to humans by rodents and cause disease of varying severity, ranging from a mild form of influenza to respiratory or kidney failure
Word Origin
C20: from Hanta(an), river in North and South Korea where the disease was first reported + virus
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hantavirus in Medicine

hantavirus han·ta·vi·rus (hān'tə-vī'rəs)
n.
A type of virus carried by rodents causing severe respiratory infections in humans and, in some cases, hemorrhaging, kidney disease, and death.

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hantavirus in Science
hantavirus
  (hān'tə-vī'rəs)   
Any of a group of viruses of the genus Hantavirus, carried by rodents, that cause severe respiratory infections in humans and, in some cases, hemorrhaging, kidney disease, and death.
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