RNA virus

noun

Definition of RNA virus

: a virus (such as a paramyxovirus or a retrovirus) whose genome consists of RNA

First Known Use of rna virus

1963


Medical Dictionary

RNA virus

noun

medical Definition of RNA virus

: a virus (as a paramyxovirus or a retrovirus) whose genome consists of RNA
  • Hepatitis C remains largely a mystery; it is one of the RNA viruses, which are less well understood than are DNA viruses, and it has defied efforts to grow it in a test tube.
  • —Nancy ShuteU.S. News & World Report22 June 1998

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