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rotavirus

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noun ro·ta·vi·rus \ˈrō-tə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of rotavirus

  1. :  any of a genus (Rotavirus) of reoviruses that have a three-layered protein capsid with no outer lipid envelope when mature and that include one (species Rotavirus A) causing epidemics of severe and sometimes fatal diarrhea in infants and young children



Origin of rotavirus

New Latin, from Latin rota wheel + New Latin virus


First Known Use: 1974


Medical Dictionary

rotavirus

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noun ro·ta·vi·rus \ˈrōt-ə-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of rotavirus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus (Rotavirus) of double-stranded RNA viruses of the family Reoviridae that have a virion with a three-layered protein capsid, no lipid envelope, and a core of 11 discrete segments of double-stranded RNA and that include one (species Rotavirus A) causing epidemics of severe and sometimes fatal diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide

  2. 2:  any virus of the genus Rotavirus

  3. ro·ta·vi·ral \-rəl\play adjective




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