ad·​e·​no·​vi·​rus | \ ˌa-dᵊn-ō-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 \ -​rəl How to pronounce adenoviral (audio) \ adjective

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The different types of adenovirus can cause a range of illnesses in humans. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A look at the virus behind seven deaths at a New Jersey facility," 25 Oct. 2018 Normally, an adenovirus, which is easily spread through touch, coughing or sneezing, would cause a mild illness with cold-like symptoms in otherwise healthy people. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Virus Kills Seven Children at New Jersey Medical Facility," 24 Oct. 2018 Four of the eight samples contained the rhinovirus or adenovirus, which both cause cold-like symptoms. Martine Powers, The Seattle Times, "Those airport security bins carry more germs than the toilets, scientists say," 4 Sep. 2018 Health officials said that the #7 strain of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center is associated with communal living arrangements and dangerous to people with weakened immune systems. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Virus Kills Seven Children at New Jersey Medical Facility," 24 Oct. 2018 There have been 18 cases of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of New York, the New Jersey Health Department said in a statement. Mike Catalini, The Seattle Times, "6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at rehab center," 23 Oct. 2018 Patients with weakened immune symptoms or existing respiratory or cardiac disease are at higher risk of developing severe illness from an adenovirus infection. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Hospital outbreak linked to eye exam killed newborn, family's lawsuit claims," 31 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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

Other Words from adenovirus

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

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