Definition of bunyavirus
: any of a family (Bunyaviridae) of usually spherical or pleomorphic single-stranded RNA viruses usually transmitted by the bite of an arthropod (as a mosquito) or in the bodily secretions of rodents and including the hantaviruses and the causative agents of Rift Valley fever, sandfly fever, and some forms of encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever
Origin of bunyavirus
New Latin, from bunya- (from Bunyamwera, locale in western Uganda where the virus was isolated in 1943) + virus
First Known Use: 1985
Medical Definition of bunyavirus
1 capitalized : a genus of numerous single-stranded RNA viruses (as the La Crosse virus) of the family Bunyaviridae that are usually transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks
2: any virus of the genus Bunyavirus or the family Bunyaviridae
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