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coronavirus

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noun co·ro·na·vi·rus \kə-ˈrō-nə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of coronavirus

  1. :  any of a family (Coronaviridae and especially genus Coronavirus) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a lipid envelope studded with club-shaped projections, infect birds and many mammals including humans, and include the causative agent of SARS



Origin of coronavirus

New Latin, from corona + virus


First Known Use: 1968


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coronavirus

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noun co·ro·na·vi·rus \kə-ˈrō-nə-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of coronavirus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Coronaviridae that includes the causative agents of blue comb, feline infectious peritonitis, and SARS

  2. 2:  any virus of the family Coronaviridae; especially :  one of the genus Coronavirus




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