orthomyxovirus

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noun or·tho·myxo·vi·rus \ˌȯr-thō-ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of orthomyxovirus

  1. :  any of a family (Orthomyxoviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a spherical or filamentous virion with numerous surface projections of glycoprotein and include the causative agents of influenza

Origin and Etymology of orthomyxovirus

New Latin, from orth- + myxovirus


First Known Use: 1971


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orthomyxovirus

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noun or·tho·myxo·vi·rus \ˌȯr-thō-ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of orthomyxovirus

  1. :  any of the family Orthomyxoviridae of single-stranded RNA viruses that include the causative agents of influenza in vertebrates—see influenza virus


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