parainfluenza virus

noun

Definition of parainfluenza virus

: any of several paramyxoviruses (genera Respirovirus and Rubulavirus) that are a frequent cause of infections (such as croup) of the lower respiratory tract especially in infants and children

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Croup is usually caused by a viral infection, like parainfluenza virus, which can also cause laryngitis in adults, Gina Posner, M.D., a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "HGTV's Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Son Was Hospitalized for Croup," 16 Oct. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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parainfluenza virus

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para·​in·​flu·​en·​za virus | \ ˈpar-ə-ˌin-flü-ˌen-zə- How to pronounce parainfluenza virus (audio) \

Medical Definition of parainfluenza virus

: any of several single-stranded RNA viruses (genera Respirovirus and Rubulavirus) of the family Paramyxoviridae that are associated with or responsible for some respiratory infections especially in children

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