: 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

Examples of SARS in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, the city was still reeling from the effects of the SARS epidemic, whose spread many in Hong Kong blamed on the mainland’s secrecy and official cover-ups. Timothy McLaughlin, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 The current list includes: COVID-19; Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever; Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease; Lassa fever; Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and SARS; Nipah and henipaviral diseases; Rift Valley fever; Zika; Disease X. 3. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 The article fails to mention the 170 Suspicious Activity Reports, or SARS, issued by six banks noting how the Biden shell companies provided no identifiable products or services rendered in exchange for the vast millions of dollars accepted by Biden family members. For Carroll County Times, Baltimore Sun, 14 Jan. 2024 There is no licensed vaccine for SARS, though researchers are working on universal coronavirus vaccines that could target both SARS and COVID, among other coronaviruses. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 12 Jan. 2024 During his tenure in public service, Fauci helped guide public policy on HIV/AIDS, SARS, MERS, avian influenza, swine flu, Zika and Ebola. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2023 Taiwan has been wary of disease outbreaks in its giant neighbor since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak that started in China and killed nearly 800 people globally in 2002-2003. Reuters, NBC News, 30 Nov. 2023 Those issues include the effects on deforestation and wildlife, particularly in South America, and the risk of more zoonotic diseases spreading, such as SARS or COVID-19. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023 The site was established and scored its momentous early success exposing SARS all before Twitter launched and Facebook opened to the general public in 2006, and before the first iPhone went on sale in 2007. WIRED, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

severe acute respiratory syndrome

First Known Use

2003, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of SARS was in 2003

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“SARS.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/SARS. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

SARS

noun
: 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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