Definition of morbillivirus
: any of a genus (Morbillivirus) of paramyxoviruses that include the causative agents of canine distemper, measles, and rinderpest
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The last major mass casualty event for marine mammals in this part of the world took place from 2013 to 2015, when a resurgence of the morbillivirus killed thousands of bottlenose dolphins on the Eastern Seaboard.
Preliminary necropsy results suggest that four of New Jersey’s dolphins had pneumonia, and one had morbillivirus — hardly a sweeping trend.
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Origin and Etymology of morbillivirus
New Latin, from morbillus spot on the skin, pustule (from Medieval Latin, diminutive of Latin morbus) + virus
First Known Use: 1976See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of morbillivirus
1 capitalized : a genus of single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Paramyxoviridae that includes the causative agents of measles, canine distemper, and rinderpest
2: any of the genus Morbillivirus of paramyxoviruses
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