reovirus

noun
reo·​vi·​rus | \ ˌrē-ō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce reovirus (audio) \

Definition of reovirus

: any of a family (Reoviridae) of double-stranded RNA viruses that have a virion with icosahedral structural symmetry but may appear spherical, that have a capsid with one to three concentric protein layers, and that include many plant or animal pathogens (such as the rotaviruses and the causative agent of bluetongue)

First Known Use of reovirus

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reovirus

respiratory enteric orphan (i.e., unidentified) virus

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“Reovirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reovirus. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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reovirus

noun
reo·​vi·​rus | \ ˌrē-ō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce reovirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of reovirus

: any of the family Reoviridae of double-stranded RNA viruses

Other Words from reovirus

reoviral \ -​rəl How to pronounce reovirus (audio) \ adjective

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