myxovirus

noun
myxo·​vi·​rus | \ ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce myxovirus (audio) \

Definition of myxovirus

: any of a former family (Myxoviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that included the orthomyxoviruses and the paramyxoviruses

Other Words from myxovirus

myxoviral \ ˌmik-​sə-​ˈvī-​rəl How to pronounce myxoviral (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of myxovirus

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myxovirus

borrowed from New Latin, from myxo- myxo- + virus virus; so named for their affinity for certain mucins

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“Myxovirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myxovirus. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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myxovirus

noun
myxo·​vi·​rus | \ ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce myxovirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of myxovirus

: any of the viruses now classified in the families Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae that were formerly included in a now rejected family (Myxoviridae)

Other Words from myxovirus

myxoviral \ ˌmik-​sə-​ˈvī-​rəl How to pronounce myxoviral (audio) \ adjective

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