bun·​ya·​vi·​rus | \ ˈbən-yə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce bunyavirus (audio) \

Definition of bunyavirus

: any of a family (Bunyaviridae) of usually spherical or pleomorphic single-stranded RNA viruses usually transmitted by the bite of an arthropod (such as a mosquito) or in the bodily secretions of rodents and including the hantaviruses and the causative agents of Rift Valley fever, sandfly fever, and some forms of encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever

First Known Use of bunyavirus

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bunyavirus

New Latin, from bunya- (from Bunyamwera, locale in western Uganda where the virus was isolated in 1943) + virus

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“Bunyavirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunyavirus. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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bun·​ya·​vi·​rus | \ ˈbən-yə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce bunyavirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of bunyavirus

1 capitalized : a genus of numerous single-stranded RNA viruses (as the La Crosse virus) of the family Bunyaviridae that are usually transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks
2 : any virus of the genus Bunyavirus or the family Bunyaviridae

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