reovirus

[ree-oh-vahy-ruhs, ree-oh-vahy-]
noun, plural reoviruses.
any large virus of the family Reoviridae, having double-stranded RNA and a polyhedral capsid, including those causing infantile gastroenteritis.

Origin:
1955–60; r(espiratory) e(nteric) o(rphan) virus; coined by U.S. virologist Albert B. Sabin (born 1906)

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reovirus
1959, coined by Dr. Albert B. Savin, acronym for respiratory enteric orphan virus; "orphan" because it was not connected to any of the diseases it is associated with.
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reovirus re·o·vi·rus (rē'ō-vī'rəs)
n.
Any member of the genus Reovirus.

Reovirus n.
A genus of viruses that contain double-stranded RNA and are associated with various diseases in animals, including human respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.

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The number of studies on reovirus in turkeys is limited.
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