orthomyxovirus

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

Definition of orthomyxovirus

: 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


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orthomyxovirus

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

medical Definition of orthomyxovirus

: 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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