SARS

noun
\ ˈsärz How to pronounce SARS (audio) \

Definition of SARS

: a severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related virus of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted especially by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets or body fluids), and is characterized by fever, headache, body aches, a dry cough, hypoxia, and usually pneumonia

called also severe acute respiratory syndrome

— see sars-cov

First Known Use of SARS

2003, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for SARS

severe acute respiratory syndrome

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“SARS.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/SARS. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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SARS

noun
\ ˈsärz How to pronounce SARS (audio) \

Medical Definition of SARS

: a severe respiratory illness that is transmitted especially by contact with infectious material (as respiratory droplets or body fluids), is caused by a coronavirus (species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus of the genus Betacoronavirus), and is characterized by fever, headache, body aches, a dry cough, hypoxia, and usually pneumonia

called also severe acute respiratory syndrome

— see sars-cov

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