Marburg virus


Mar·​burg virus ˈmär-bərg- How to pronounce Marburg virus (audio)
: a filovirus (species Marburg marburgvirus of the genus Marburgvirus) that causes an often fatal hemorrhagic fever and was originally transmitted to humans from green monkeys

Word History


Marburg, Germany

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Marburg virus was in 1968

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“Marburg virus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

Marburg virus

: an African single-stranded RNA virus of the family Filoviridae (species Marburg marburgvirus of the genus Marburgvirus) that causes Marburg hemorrhagic fever
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