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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In September, MedPage Today reported on an increase of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases among U.S. children, which has been linked to a rare neurological condition that can cause polio-like paralysis in children. ABC News, 4 Jan. 2023 Last year, scientists in Europe also voiced concern over the reemergence of enterovirus D68 infections after COVID-19 lockdown measures were eased across the continent. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2022 The National Academies report suggested that a larger nationwide system could also screen for influenza, antibiotic resistant bacteria and enterovirus D68, a common childhood virus that can cause muscle weakness or paralysis in rare cases. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 21 Jan. 2023 The virus most commonly causing this condition, enterovirus D68, tends to come in 2-year cycles. ABC News, 4 Jan. 2023 Parainfluenza, respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus, adenovirus, influenza A and influenza B. Respiratory enterovirus and human metapneumovirus, too. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Dec. 2022 And just last month, the CDC issued an advisory about a particular type of enterovirus, called EV-D68. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 24 Oct. 2022 One enterovirus, called EV-D68, is associated with a polio-like neurologic condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in young children, and health officials are bracing for a subsequent uptick in AFM cases. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Oct. 2022 Rhino enterovirus cases are also on the increase, said Bhumbra, according to a Riley program that collects data on seasonal non-bacterial infections. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 25 Mar. 2023.

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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