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 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

First Known Use of SARS

2003, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for SARS

severe acute respiratory syndrome

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The first known use of SARS was in 2003

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SARS

noun

English Language Learners Definition of SARS

: a serious disease that is caused by a virus and that affects your ability to breathe

SARS

noun
\ ˈsärz\

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

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