respiratory syncytial virus

noun

Definition of respiratory syncytial virus

: a paramyxovirus (species Human respiratory syncytial virus of the genus Pneumovirus) that is responsible for severe respiratory diseases (such as bronchopneumonia and bronchiolitis) in children and especially in infants abbreviation RSV

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1961

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respiratory syncytial virus

noun

medical Definition of respiratory syncytial virus

: a paramyxovirus (species Human respiratory syncytial virus of the genus Pneumovirus) that has three strains, forms syncytia in tissue culture, and is responsible for severe respiratory diseases (as bronchopneumonia and bronchiolitis) in children and especially in infants abbreviation RSV

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