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

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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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