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[rahy-noh-vahy-ruh s, rahy-noh-vahy-] /ˌraɪ noʊˈvaɪ rəs, ˈraɪ noʊˌvaɪ-/
noun, plural rhinoviruses.
any of a varied and widespread group of picornaviruses responsible for many respiratory diseases, including the common cold.
Origin of rhinovirus
1960-65; rhino- + virus Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rhinovirus
  • Later, the same method prevented rhinovirus infection in chimpanzees.
  • There are many different respiratory viruses that can do this, including the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.
  • rhinovirus is a common virus that causes a cold and plays a leading role in the development of ear infections.
  • Colds and respiratory infections are caused by viruses, such as the rhinovirus.
  • Diagnostic difficulties may have led to underestimation of rhinovirus infections in long-term care facilities.
British Dictionary definitions for rhinovirus


any of various viruses that occur in the human respiratory tract and cause diseases, such as the common cold
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Word Origin and History for rhinovirus

1961, from rhino- + virus.

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rhinovirus in Medicine

rhinovirus rhi·no·vi·rus (rī'nō-vī'rəs)
Any of a group of picornaviruses that are causative agents of disorders of the respiratory tract, such as the common cold. Also called coryzavirus.

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rhinovirus in Science
Any of a group of viruses of the family Picornaviridae and the genus Rhinovirus that cause the common cold.
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