ar·​bo·​vi·​rus | \ ˌär-bə-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce arbovirus (audio) \

Definition of arbovirus

: any of various RNA viruses (as an arenavirus, bunyavirus, or flavivirus) that are transmitted chiefly by arthropods and include the causative agents of dengue, encephalitis, sandfly fever, and yellow fever

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arboviral \ ˌär-​bə-​ˈvī-​rəl How to pronounce arbovirus (audio) \ adjective
arboviral encephalitis arboviral infections

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Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, their results suggest that widespread arbovirus transmission may already be occurring, but not fully recognized, right under our noses. Jason Rasgon, The Conversation, "More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up," 9 Sep. 2020 Dr. John Cmar of Sinai Hospital is a specialist in infectious diseases and provides some perspective on Zika and other arboviruses — that is, diseases spread by bugs, mosquitoes and ticks. Dan Rodricks,, "Roughly Speaking podcast: How concerned should Americans be about Zika? (episode 247)," 8 May 2017 Unfortunately, arboviruses like Zika are notoriously difficult to control, says Murdock. National Geographic, "How La Niña Could Affect the Spread of Zika," 9 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of arbovirus

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arbovirus

arthropod-borne virus

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“Arbovirus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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ar·​bo·​vi·​rus | \ -ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce arbovirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of arbovirus

: any of various RNA viruses (as an arenavirus, bunyavirus, or flavivirus) transmitted principally by arthropods and including the causative agents of encephalitis, yellow fever, and dengue

Other Words from arbovirus

arboviral \ -​rəl How to pronounce arbovirus (audio) \ adjective

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