filovirus

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

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

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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, "The World Bank’s pandemic bonds are not paying out for Ebola," 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, "What is the Ebola virus, and can it be stopped?," 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

noun
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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