orthomyxovirus

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

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

First Known Use of orthomyxovirus

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orthomyxovirus

New Latin, from orth- + myxovirus

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“Orthomyxovirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthomyxovirus. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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orthomyxovirus

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

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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