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[pahr-voh-vahy-ruh s] /ˈpɑr voʊˌvaɪ rəs/
noun, plural parvoviruses.
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.
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 of parvovirus
1960-65; < Latin parv(us) small + -o- + virus Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for parvovirus


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
Word Origin
C20: New Latin from Latin parvus little + virus
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Word Origin and History for parvovirus

1965, from parvi- + connecting element -o- + virus.

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parvovirus in Medicine

parvovirus par·vo·vi·rus (pär'vō-vī'rəs)
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 in Science
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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