parvovirus

[pahr-voh-vahy-ruhs]
noun, plural parvoviruses.
1.
Veterinary Pathology. a highly contagious, often fatal viral disease of dogs, characterized by vomiting, severe diarrhea, and depression and accompanied by high fever and loss of appetite.
2.
any of several small DNA-containing viruses belonging to the genus Parvovirus, of the family Parvoviridae, especially the virus that causes the disease parvovirus in dogs or distemper in cats.

Origin:
1960–65; < Latin parv(us) small + -o- + virus

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parvovirus (ˈpɑːvəʊˌvaɪrəs)
 
n
any of a group of viruses characterized by their very small size, each of which is specific to a particular species, as for example canine parvovirus
 
[C20: New Latin from Latin parvus little + virus]

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parvovirus par·vo·vi·rus (pär'vō-vī'rəs)
n.
Any of a group of small viruses of the genus Parvovirus that cause disease in many vertebrates, especially mammals such as dogs and cattle.

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parvovirus   (pär'vō-vī'rəs)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of a group of small DNA viruses of the family Parvoviridae that cause disease in many vertebrates, especially a febrile infection in dogs resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes death. In humans it commonly causes an acute contagious infection called fifth disease, marked by a facial rash.
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Example sentences
The cause turned out to be canine parvovirus, which came to the island via a dog.
Parvovirus, another deadly canine disease, has been detected in the area.
Owners must provide proof of vaccinations for rabies, parvovirus and distemper.
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