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Definition of filovirus

: any of a family (Filoviridae) of single-stranded chiefly filamentous RNA viruses that infect vertebrates and include the Marburg virus and the Ebola viruses

Examples of filovirus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fall 2015, Gilead applied for two patents for remdesivir, one for combatting coronaviruses and another for filoviruses, which were both approved in spring 2019. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 14 May 2020 Remdesivir, developed by Gilead Pharmaceuticals, seems to be highly effective at preventing viruses—including coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS, and filoviruses such as Ebola—from replicating. Scientific American, 27 Mar. 2020 The reality was that, for years, scientists who studied Ebola, which belongs to a family of viruses called filoviruses, had poured their hearts into work to develop vaccines and drugs to combat these deadly scourges. Helen Branswell, STAT, 7 Jan. 2020 Before the World Bank issued its bonds, consultants ran a computer simulation of half a million outbreaks of filoviruses (a group of viruses that includes Ebola). The Economist, 29 Aug. 2019 Zooming out, Ebolavirus sits within a group called the filoviruses, which includes similar pathogens such as Marburgvirus and Cuevavirus. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of filovirus

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for filovirus

New Latin, from Latin filum thread + New Latin -o- + virus

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“Filovirus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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fi·​lo·​vi·​rus | \ ˈfī-lō-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce filovirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of filovirus

: any of a family Filoviridae of single-stranded RNA viruses

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