en·​tero·​vi·​rus ˌen-tə-rō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce enterovirus (audio)
: 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
enteroviral adjective

Examples of enterovirus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Company intends to obtain a license for poxviruses and/or enteroviruses if the initial research is successful. Miami Herald, 4 June 2024 Instead of the typical flu season, the U.S. endured a record mix of invasive strep infections, flu, RSV, enteroviruses and other respiratory illnesses that competed with Covid to make most Americans sick at some point. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 4 June 2023 There are other viruses also causing illness, including rhinoviruses and enteroviruses. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2023 Researchers quickly linked the rare polio-esque condition to a virus known for causing respiratory infections, often mild colds: enterovirus D68, or EV-D68 for short. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 Testing and treatment for enterovirus Enterovirus treatments are limited. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 6 July 2023 Myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle, is listed as one of several infections that can be caused by the enterovirus, according to the CDC. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 13 July 2023 Many of the kids have enterovirus, which can be an upper respiratory or gastrointestinal infection, or rhinovirus, which is a type of enterovirus that affects the upper respiratory tract, Cunningham said. Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 Though enteroviruses are common, cases of neonatal enteroviral sepsis have historically been rare. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 6 July 2023

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enterovirus was in 1957

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“Enterovirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterovirus. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


en·​tero·​vi·​rus -ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce enterovirus (audio)
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
: any picornavirus of the genus Enterovirus
enteroviral adjective

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