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swine flu

noun, Pathology
a highly contagious form of influenza caused by infection with a filterable virus first isolated from swine.
Origin of swine flu
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • swine flu is a respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses that regularly cause outbreaks in pigs.
  • Vaccines being made to protect people from swine flu may not be so healthy for threatened species of sharks.
  • Last summer everyone was in a panic about swine flu.
  • The swine flu pandemic highlights a decades-old problem: industrial animal farming poses serious public health risks.
  • They were also among the researchers who identified swine flu's origins after its outbreak last year.
  • The pig will be released and will catch the swine flu minutes later.
  • Viral diseases such as swine flu have spread quickly around the world by air.
  • Misconceptions about the spread of swine flu are enough to make the pork industry sick.
  • These days there are so many things trying to pull us down, with the economy and the swine flu.
  • Any virus that can jump the barrier, such as the one that causes swine flu, probably already has.
swine flu in Science
swine flu
A highly contagious form of influenza seen in swine, caused by a virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae. The infection is communicable to humans and caused a worldwide epidemic in 1918.
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