para·​in·​flu·​en·​za | \ ˌper-ə-ˌin-flü-ˈen-zə How to pronounce parainfluenza (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of parainfluenza

: parainfluenza virus also : a respiratory illness caused by a parainfluenza virus

Examples of parainfluenza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is not influenza or parainfluenza or other typical respiratory viruses. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 While each individual child has a low chance of developing severe disease, the current pediatric surge, which has been compounded by an off-season spike in RSV and parainfluenza cases, has grave implications for health care networks. Time, 26 Aug. 2021 These include four coronaviruses (the group that includes SARS-CoV-2); four parainfluenza viruses (which, despite their name, bear no relation to influenza viruses); respiratory syncytial virus; and 160 different rhinoviruses. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, 2 Oct. 2020 Other respiratory infections such as the H1N1 swine flu, rhinoviruses and parainfluenza do put people with respiratory allergies and allergic asthma at higher risk of severe illness. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2020 The 5-foot-1, 165-pound Dowd tested negative for the flu, parainfluenza and other respiratory illnesses, the report found. Matthias Gafni,, 25 Apr. 2020 Zuniga ticked off a long list of ailments that have sent her child to the doctor in recent months, from parainfluenza to bronchitis (twice). Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2020 Those with influenza or parainfluenza had a 37 percent higher chance of not responding to asthma treatment, compared to 13 percent for children without the virus. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, 4 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of parainfluenza

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Parainfluenza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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