RNA virus


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, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of RNA virus was in 1963

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“RNA virus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/RNA%20virus. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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 Shute, U.S. News & World Report, 22 June 1998

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