noun \-ˌmī-ə-kär-ˈdīt-əs\


: an acute febrile virus disease that affects numerous vertebrates including humans but is of serious clinical significance mostly in swine, that is caused by any of several strains of a picornavirus (genus Cardiovirus), and that in swine is characterized especially by degeneration and inflammation of skeletal and cardiac muscle and lesions of the central nervous system

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