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 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, "Asthma may protect against severe COVID-19, rather than raising the risk, UW study finds," 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,, "Exclusive: Autopsy report of first known coronavirus death in U.S. says disease caused Santa Clara woman’s heart to rupture," 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, "‘The tornado messed us up’: Residents in one affordable Dallas community were left twisting in the wind," 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, "Flu shots go a long way to keep kids with asthma out of the emergency room, study says," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of parainfluenza

1959, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2020

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“Parainfluenza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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