coronavirus

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noun co·ro·na·vi·rus \kə-ˈrō-nə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of coronavirus

  1. :  any of a family (Coronaviridae and especially genus Coronavirus) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a lipid envelope studded with club-shaped projections, infect birds and many mammals including humans, and include the causative agent of SARS

Origin and Etymology of coronavirus

New Latin, from corona + virus


First Known Use: 1968


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coronavirus

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noun co·ro·na·vi·rus \kə-ˈrō-nə-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of coronavirus

  1. :  any of a family (Coronaviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a lipid envelope studded with club-shaped projections, infect birds and many mammals including humans, and include the causative agents of blue comb, feline infectious peritonitis, MERS, and SARS <Coronaviruses can cause a variety of illnesses in animals, but in people coronaviruses cause one-third of common colds and sometimes respiratory infections in premature infants.—Rob Stein, The Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2003>—abbreviation CoV


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