orthomyxovirus

noun

or·​tho·​myxo·​vi·​rus ˌȯr-thō-ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce orthomyxovirus (audio)
: 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

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from orth- + myxovirus

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orthomyxovirus was in 1971

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“Orthomyxovirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthomyxovirus. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

orthomyxovirus

noun
or·​tho·​myxo·​vi·​rus ˌȯr-thō-ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce orthomyxovirus (audio)
: 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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