MERS

noun
\ ˈmərz How to pronounce MERS (audio) \

Definition of MERS

: a serious viral respiratory illness that is marked by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and that may often progress to severe pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome and organ failure

Note: MERS is caused by a coronavirus (species Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus of the genus Betacoronavirus) related to the causative virus of SARS. The first cases of MERS appeared in Saudi Arabia and most cases originate from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.

— see mers-cov

First Known Use of MERS

2013, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for MERS

Middle East respiratory syndrome

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16 Mar 2020

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“MERS.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/MERS. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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MERS

noun
\ ˈmərz How to pronounce MERS (audio) \

Medical Definition of MERS

: a serious viral respiratory illness that is marked by fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and that may often progress to severe pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome and organ failure

Note: MERS is caused by a coronavirus (species Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus of the genus Betacoronavirus) related to the causative virus of SARS. The first cases of MERS appeared in Saudi Arabia and most cases originate from countries in or near the Arabian peninsula.

For some patients, the route of infection is completely unclear. Still, most scientists now believe that camels are the key to controlling MERS.— Martin Enserink, Science, 13 June 2014

called also Middle East respiratory syndrome

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