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rotavirus

noun ro·ta·vi·rus \ˈrō-tə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of ROTAVIRUS

:  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
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Origin of ROTAVIRUS

New Latin, from Latin rota wheel + New Latin virus
First Known Use: 1974
Medical Dictionary

rotavirus

noun ro·ta·vi·rus \ˈrōt-ə-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of ROTAVIRUS

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
:  any virus of the genus Rotavirus
ro·ta·vi·ral \-rəl\ adjective

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