enterovirus

noun
en·tero·vi·rus | \ˌen-tə-rō-ˈvī-rəs \

Definition of enterovirus 

: any of a genus (Enterovirus) of picornaviruses that occur especially in the gastrointestinal tract but may infect other tissues (such as nerve and muscle) and that include the poliovirus, Coxsackievirus, and echovirus

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enteroviral \ˌen-tə-rō-ˈvī-rəl \ adjective

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Viral meningitis is typically spread by non-polio enteroviruses, but only a small number of people who are infected with the viruses will actually develop meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Probably Never Knew About Meningitis," 27 July 2017 Some viruses, called enteroviruses, are more likely to cause colds during the summer than at other times of the year, but while this type of virus can cause some nasty symptoms, that’s not true across the board, Foxman says. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Why Do Summer Colds Feel So Much Worse?," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of enterovirus

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enterovirus

New Latin

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enterovirus

noun
en·tero·vi·rus | \-ˈvī-rəs \

Medical Definition of enterovirus 

1 capitalized : a genus of single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Picornaviridae that multiply especially in the gastrointestinal tracts of humans and swine but may infect other tissues (as nerve and muscle), that may produce clinically evident conjunctivitis, encephalitis, meningitis, myelitis, or myocarditis, and that include the poliovirus and several species including numerous serotypes named as Coxsackieviruses and echoviruses

2 : any picornavirus of the genus Enterovirus

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enteroviral \-rəl \ adjective

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