hantavirus

[hahn-tuh-vahy-ruhs, han]
noun, plural hantaviruses.
any of several viruses of the family Bunyaviridae, spread chiefly by wild rodents, that cause acute respiratory illness, kidney failure, and other syndromes.

Origin:
1975–80; after the Hantaan River in Korea, near which the virus first afflicted Westerners in the 1950s

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hantavirus (ˈhæntəˌvaɪrəs)
 
n
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
 
[C20: from Hanta(an), river in North and South Korea where the disease was first reported + virus]

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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   (hān'tə-vī'rəs)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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