arenavirus

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noun ar·e·na·vi·rus \ˌa-rə-nə-ˈvī-rəs, ˌer-ə-\

Definition of arenavirus

  1. :  any of a family (Arenaviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses having a dense outer lipid envelope covered by numerous club-shaped projections and including the causative agents of lymphocytic choriomeningitis and Lassa fever

Origin and Etymology of arenavirus

New Latin, ultimately from Latin arena sand + New Latin virus; from the fine granules seen in cross sections of the virion


First Known Use: 1971


Medical Dictionary

arenavirus

noun are·na·vi·rus \ˌar-ə-nə-ˈvī-rəs, ə-ˌrē-\

Medical Definition of arenavirus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of the family Arenaviridae that includes the Machupo virus, the Junin virus, and the causative agents of lymphocytic choriomeningitis and Lassa fever

  2. 2:  any of the family Arenaviridae of single-stranded RNA viruses


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