norovirus

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noun nor·o·virus \ˈnȯr-ə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of norovirus

  1. :  any of a genus (Norovirus) of small, round, single-stranded RNA viruses that includes a single species (species Norwalk virus) with various strains causing gastroenteritis in people and animals (such as cows, pigs, and dogs) People spread the virus by eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then touching their mouth or having direct contact with another person who is infected. — Cherie Black In people, noroviruses cause gastroenteritis marked chiefly by sudden onset diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal cramps. — see norwalk virus

Origin and Etymology of norovirus

New Latin, from English Norwalk virus + New Latin -o- + virus


First Known Use: 2002


Medical Dictionary

norovirus

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noun nor·o·virus \ˌnȯr-ō-ˈvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of norovirus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of small, round, single-stranded, highly infectious RNA viruses that includes a single species (species Norwalk virus) with various strains causing gastroenteritis in people and animals (such as cows and dogs)

  2. 2:  any virus of the genus Norovirus People spread the virus by eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then touching their mouth or having direct contact with another person who is infected.—Cherie Black, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 29 Dec. 2006 In people, noroviruses cause gastroenteritis marked chiefly by sudden onset, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal cramps. —see norwalk virus


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