myxovirus

myxovirus

[mik-suh-vahy-ruhs, mik-suh-vahy-]
noun, plural myxoviruses.
any of a group of medium-sized, RNA-containing viruses having a helical envelope, infectious to humans and other animals and a cause of influenza.
Compare paramyxovirus.


Origin:
1950–55; < Neo-Latin; see myxo-, virus

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myxovirus (ˈmɪksəʊˌvaɪərəs)
 
n
any of a group of viruses that cause influenza, mumps, and certain other diseases

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myxovirus myx·o·vi·rus (mĭk'sə-vī'rəs)
n.
Formerly, any of a group of RNA-containing viruses with an affinity for mucins, now included in the families of Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae. These viruses include the influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and measles virus.

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