noun reo·vi·rus \ˌrē-ō-ˈvī-rəs\

Definition of REOVIRUS

:  any of a family (Reoviridae) of double-stranded RNA viruses that have a virion with icosahedral structural symmetry but may appear spherical, that have a capsid with one to three concentric protein layers, and that include many plant or animal pathogens (as the rotaviruses and the causative agent of bluetongue)

Origin of REOVIRUS

respiratory enteric orphan (i.e., unidentified) virus
First Known Use: 1959


noun reo·vi·rus \ˌrē-ō-ˈvī-rəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of REOVIRUS

:  any of the family Reoviridae of double-stranded RNA viruses
reo·vi·ral \-rəl\ adjective


Next Word in the Dictionary: rep (noun)Previous Word in the Dictionary: reorganizeAll Words Near: reovirus
April 19, 2015
desiccate Hear it
to dry up or become dried up
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears