orthomyxovirus


or·tho·myxo·vi·rus

noun \ˌr-thō-ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of ORTHOMYXOVIRUS

:  any of a family (Orthomyxoviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a spherical or filamentous virion with numerous surface projections of glycoprotein and include the causative agents of influenza

Origin of ORTHOMYXOVIRUS

New Latin, from orth- + myxovirus
First Known Use: 1973

or·tho·myxo·vi·rus

noun \ˌr-thō-ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ORTHOMYXOVIRUS

: any of the family Orthomyxoviridae of single-stranded RNA viruses that include the causative agents of influenza in vertebrates—see influenza virus

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