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[ree-oh-vahy-ruh s, ree-oh-vahy-] /ˌri oʊˈvaɪ rəs, ˈri oʊˌvaɪ-/
noun, plural reoviruses.
any large virus of the family Reoviridae, having double-stranded RNA and a polyhedral capsid, including those causing infantile gastroenteritis.
Origin of reovirus
1955-60; r(espiratory) e(nteric) o(rphan) virus; coined by U.S. virologist Albert B. Sabin (born 1906) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for reovirus

1959, coined by U.S. medical researcher Dr. Albert B. Sabin (1906-1993), acronym for respiratory enteric orphan virus; "orphan" because it was not connected to any of the diseases it is associated with.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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reovirus in Medicine

reovirus re·o·vi·rus (rē'ō-vī'rəs)
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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