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Norwalk virus

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noun Nor·walk virus \ˈnȯr-ˌwȯk-\

Definition of Norwalk virus

  1. :  a highly infectious norovirus (species Norwalk virus) that causes acute gastroenteritis in humans



Origin of norwalk virus

Norwalk, Ohio, site of an outbreak of the virus in 1968


First Known Use: 1983


Medical Dictionary

Norwalk virus

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noun Nor·walk virus \ˈnȯ(ə)r-ˌwȯk-\

Medical Definition of Norwalk virus

  1. :  a highly infectious virus first identified as the causative agent of an outbreak of gastroenteritis in a school in norwalk, Ohio in 1968 Norwalk virus was later officially classified as a norovirus (species Norwalk virus). While the originally identified virus and closely related forms may still be referred to as Norwalk viruses, they are now more commonly called noroviruses. <Norwalk viruses are important causes of both sporadic and epidemic gastroenteritis.—Melvin A. Kohn, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 8 Feb. 1995>



Variants of norwalk virus

also Norwalk agent

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