flavivirus

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noun fla·vi·vi·rus \ˈflā-vi-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of flavivirus

  1. :  any of a family (Flaviviridae and especially genus Flavivirus) of single-stranded RNA viruses transmitted especially by ticks and mosquitoes and including the causative agents of dengue, hepatitis C, hog cholera, Saint Louis encephalitis, West Nile virus, and yellow fever

Origin and Etymology of flavivirus

New Latin, from Latin flavus yellow + New Latin -i- + virus — more at virus


First Known Use: 1974


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flavivirus

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noun fla·vi·vi·rus \ˈflā-vi-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of flavivirus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of the family Flaviviridae of single-stranded RNA viruses that are transmitted by arthropod vectors and especially by ticks and mosquitoes and that include the causative agents of dengue, Japanese B encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, West Nile fever, and yellow fever

  2. 2:  any virus of the genus Flavivirus or the family Flaviviridae


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