paramyxovirus

noun
para·​myxo·​vi·​rus | \ ˌper-ə-ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce paramyxovirus (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \
plural paramyxoviruses

Definition of paramyxovirus

: any of a family (Paramyxoviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that include the parainfluenza viruses and the causative agents of canine distemper, measles, mumps, Newcastle disease, and rinderpest

Note: Respiratory syncytial virus and metapneumovirus were formerly identified as paramyxoviruses but are now classified as pneumoviruses.

Examples of paramyxovirus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But tests for everything from adenoviruses to paramyxoviruses came back negative. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 28 Apr. 2020 In one such study, his team discovered that mumps, which like measles is caused by a paramyxovirus, had jumped to humans from bats. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 28 Apr. 2020 Wild animals could be used as bioterrorist weapons to spread infectious diseases such as monkeypox, which can be fatal for humans, or avian paramyxovirus, a disease carried by exotic birds that can spread to poultry. National Geographic, 26 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of paramyxovirus

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paramyxovirus

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“Paramyxovirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paramyxovirus. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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paramyxovirus

noun
para·​myxo·​vi·​rus | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈmik-sə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce paramyxovirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of paramyxovirus

: any of the family Paramyxoviridae of single-stranded RNA viruses that include the parainfluenza viruses and the causative agents of canine distemper, measles, mumps, Newcastle disease, and rinderpest

Note: Respiratory syncytial virus and metapneumovirus were formerly identified as paramyxoviruses but are now classified as pneumoviruses.

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