coronavirus

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

Definition of coronavirus

: 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 MERS and SARS

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Origin and Etymology of coronavirus

New Latin, from corona + virus


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coronavirus

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

medical Definition of coronavirus

: 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 SteinThe Washington Post25 Mar. 2003
abbreviation CoV

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