en·​tero·​vi·​rus | \ ˌen-tə-rō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce enterovirus (audio) \

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 How to pronounce enteroviral (audio) \ adjective

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Experiments in human cells and mice showed a range of enteroviruses cannot replicate without this host protein. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "A Newly Identified Protein May Be the Key to Vanquishing the Common Cold," 17 Sep. 2019 Of the respiratory specimens collected, 44% tested positive for an enterovirus or rhinovirus. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "11 cases of polio-like illness AFM confirmed in eight states in 2019, CDC says," 9 July 2019 Virus season is coming The CDC strongly suspects that two types of enterovirus, D68 and A71, play roles in AFM. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Doctors urged to look for early signs of polio-like acute flaccid myelitis in kids," 9 July 2019 The majority of them have tested positive for enterovirus A71, with only one testing positive for the D68 strain. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Another Burst of Polio-Like Cases in Children Alarms Doctors," 5 Nov. 2018 The cases in 2014 and 2016 were partly attributed to particular strains of respiratory germs called enteroviruses, which spread the most in the summer and fall. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Cases of mysterious paralyzing illness reported in 22 states," 16 Oct. 2018 Most people infected with enteroviruses suffer only minor symptoms like cough and runny nose. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Cases of mysterious paralyzing illness reported in 22 states," 16 Oct. 2018 And though enteroviruses have been detected in some paralysis cases, it hasn’t been found in others, CDC officials say. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Cases of mysterious paralyzing illness reported in 22 states," 16 Oct. 2018 The last major uptick in AFM cases happened in 2014 and coincided with an outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Julia Belluz, Vox, "The outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness affecting kids: what we know," 30 Oct. 2018

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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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en·​tero·​vi·​rus | \ -ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce enterovirus (audio) \

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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