noun \ˈbən-yə-ˌvī-rəs\

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


New Latin, from bunya- (from Bunyamwera, locale in western Uganda where the virus was isolated in 1943) + virus
First Known Use: 1985


noun \ˈbən-yə-ˌvī-rəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BUNYAVIRUS

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
: any of the family Bunyaviridae of single-stranded RNA viruses


Next Word in the Dictionary: bunyip
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Bunyanesque
All Words Near: bunyavirus

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up bunyavirus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More