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parvovirus

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noun par·vo·vi·rus \ˈpär-vō-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of parvovirus

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Parvoviridae) of single-stranded DNA viruses that include the causative agents of fifth disease in humans, panleukopenia in cats, and parvovirus in dogs

  2. 2 :  a highly contagious febrile virus disease of dogs that is spread especially by contact with infected feces, that is caused by a strain (Canine parvovirus) of the parvovirus causing panleukopenia in cats, and that is marked by loss of appetite, lethargy, often bloody diarrhea and vomiting, and sometimes death



Origin of parvovirus

New Latin, from Latin parvus small (akin to Greek pauros small, paid-, pais child) + New Latin -o- + virus — more at few


First Known Use: 1965


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parvovirus

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noun par·vo·vi·rus \ˈpär-vō-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of parvovirus

  1. 1a capitalized :  a genus of the family Parvoviridae that includes the causative agents of panleukopenia in cats and parvovirus in caninesb:  any of the family Parvoviridae and especially of the genus Parvovirus of single-stranded DNA viruses

  2. 2:  a highly contagious febrile disease of canines and especially dogs that is caused by a single-stranded DNA virus of the genus Parvovirus (species Canine parvovirus), is spread especially by contact with infected feces, and is marked by loss of appetite, lethargy, often bloody diarrhea and vomiting, and sometimes death—called also parvo




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