arenavirus

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

Definition of arenavirus

: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


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arenavirus

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

medical Definition of arenavirus

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

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