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Definition of rhinovirus

: any of a genus (Rhinovirus) of picornaviruses including two (species Human rhinovirus A and Human rhinovirus B) having numerous serotypes causing respiratory infections (such as the common cold) in humans

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Recent Examples on the Web For example, an outbreak of a rhinovirus—which causes a common cold—appears to have delayed the arrival of the 2009 influenza pandemic in Europe. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, "Coronavirus and the Flu: A Looming Double Threat," 4 June 2020 Common viral infections attack the nose more than the mouth Loss of smell is common with many viruses, including rhinoviruses, influenza, parainfluenza and coronaviruses, and it is normally attributed to nasal inflammation that restricts airflow. John E Hayes, The Conversation, "COVID-19, smell and taste – how is COVID-19 different from other respiratory diseases?," 4 June 2020 Similarly, it's been very difficult to develop vaccines for the common rhinoviruses and adenoviruses -- which, like coronaviruses, can cause cold symptoms. Rob Picheta, CNN, "What happens if a coronavirus vaccine is never developed? It has happened before," 3 May 2020 Other respiratory infections such as the H1N1 swine flu, rhinoviruses and parainfluenza do put people with respiratory allergies and allergic asthma at higher risk of severe illness. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Asthma may protect against severe COVID-19, rather than raising the risk, UW study finds," 30 Apr. 2020 The incubation period for rhinovirus ranges from 12 hours to three days, according to Medscape. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "How the coronavirus stacks up against the common cold, flu," 11 Feb. 2020 Due to the unique shape of the rhinovirus as well as the nutrient, zinc is able to literally attach itself to the virus, and prevent it from further infecting the person. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Is it possible to boost your immune system?," 7 Apr. 2020 Although more study is needed of coronavirus, in one study of rhinovirus, which causes the common cold, a small dose of virus was placed on a participant’s finger. Tara Parker-pope, New York Times, "Stop Touching Your Face!," 10 Mar. 2020 Or spray with undiluted household hydrogen peroxide, which the CDC says works on rhinovirus infections, the cause of the common cold and harder to destroy than coronaviruses. oregonlive, "How to sanitize upholstery and home surfaces without damaging them in a coronavirus clean," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of rhinovirus

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhinovirus

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“Rhinovirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhinovirus. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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rhi·​no·​vi·​rus | \ ˌrī-nō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce rhinovirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of rhinovirus

: any of a genus (Rhinovirus) of single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Picornaviridae including two species (Human rhinovirus A and Human rhinovirus B) having numerous serotypes that cause respiratory infections (as the common cold) in humans

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