adenovirus

noun
ad·e·no·vi·rus | \ˌa-dᵊn-ō-ˈvī-rəs \

Definition of adenovirus 

: any of a family (Adenoviridae) of double-stranded DNA viruses originally identified in human adenoid tissue, causing infections of the respiratory system, conjunctiva, and gastrointestinal tract, and including some capable of inducing malignant tumors in experimental animals

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Other Words from adenovirus

adenoviral \-rəl \ adjective

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But other viruses, including influenza and variola (pox) have been found in archaeological human remains as much as 400 years old, and Mühlemann says that others like herpes viruses, parvoviruses, and adenoviruses might be good candidates. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Genghis Khan’s Mongol horde probably had rampant Hepatitis B," 11 May 2018 And compared to the flu at least, adenovirus may not have that. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Adenovirus: It feels just like the flu, but the vaccine is for military only," 29 Jan. 2018 An outbreak of adenovirus killed 10 people in 2007. NBC News, "Virus looks like flu, acts like flu, but it's not influenza," 28 Jan. 2018 Delivering the healthy genes requires genetic engineering to produce the gene, load it into the adenovirus vehicle and safely load them into the retinal site. Alice Park, Time, "FDA Approves a New Way For Scientists to Use Gene Therapy," 20 Dec. 2017 In 1999, Jesse Gelsinger died after being treated with a gene therapy using an adenovirus for a condition that affected his liver. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Gene Therapy: How a New Cure for Blindness Reverses Retinal Dystrophy," 12 Oct. 2017 It is delivered by an adenovirus, a virus commonly used in gene therapy. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "UCSD team adapts CRISPR to edit RNA for disease therapies," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of adenovirus

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adenovirus

aden(oid) entry 2 + -o- + virus

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adenovirus

noun
ad·e·no·vi·rus | \ˌad-ᵊn-ō-ˈvī-rəs \

Medical Definition of adenovirus 

: any of the family Adenoviridae of double-stranded DNA viruses

Other Words from adenovirus

adenoviral \-rəl \ adjective

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