ad·​e·​no·​vi·​rus | \ ˌa-də-nō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce adenovirus (audio) \

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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adenoviral \ ˌa-​də-​nō-​ˈvī-​rəl How to pronounce adenoviral (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Another adenovirus vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, reported efficacy data yesterday of 70%. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "With more data on its COVID-19 vaccine, Russia institute offers new evidence of success," 24 Nov. 2020 Both of these companies are using a common cold virus called an adenovirus as their vector. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "AstraZeneca’s Coronavirus Vaccine, Easy and Cheap to Produce, Appears Effective," 23 Nov. 2020 Manufacturing capacity to produce vast quantities of adenovirus already exists. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shows success: Here’s how it stacks up to others," 23 Nov. 2020 The Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine both use an adenovirus as part of its Covid-19 vaccine. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "A week after Covid-19 vaccine trial goes on pause, Johnson & Johnson and FDA won't reveal critical details," 19 Oct. 2020 Earlier this year, for instance, a J&J vaccine based partially on an adenovirus was approved to fight Ebola, which has killed thousands in Africa. John Lauerman,, "Ailments in Covid-19 Trials Raise Questions About Vaccine Method," 17 Oct. 2020 AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine candidate is based on a relatively new technique known as an adenovirus vector, which acts as a carrier for the portion of the vaccine intended to trigger an immune response against the coronavirus. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Greenlights Another Covid-19 Vaccine for Human Testing," 30 Sep. 2020 Soon-Shiong emphasizes that his company’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine, unlike every other candidate that uses an adenovirus vector, presents two different SARS-CoV-2 genes and might therefore offer more protection from infection or disease. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Could certain COVID-19 vaccines leave people more vulnerable to the AIDS virus?," 19 Oct. 2020 In the 1990s, researchers added genes to an adenovirus to make an enzyme that was missing in a genetic disorder. John Lauerman,, "Ailments in Covid-19 Trials Raise Questions About Vaccine Method," 17 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of adenovirus was in 1950

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28 Nov 2020

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“Adenovirus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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ad·​e·​no·​vi·​rus | \ ˌad-ᵊn-ō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce adenovirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of adenovirus

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

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adenoviral \ -​rəl How to pronounce adenoviral (audio) \ adjective

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