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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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 The spate of cases in 2014 coincided with a national outbreak of enterovirus D68, a severe respiratory illness. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Cases of Rare Neurological Condition Rise in U.S.," 16 Oct. 2018 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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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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