rhi·​no·​vi·​rus | \ˌrī-nō-ˈvī-rəs \

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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In the past, rhinovirus and enterovirus have been culprits. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness affecting kids: what we know," 30 Oct. 2018 Four of the eight samples contained the rhinovirus or adenovirus, which both cause cold-like symptoms. Martine Powers, The Seattle Times, "Those airport security bins carry more germs than the toilets, scientists say," 4 Sep. 2018 And research in mouse cells suggests that rhinovirus, the common cold virus, replicates faster at cold temperatures, Dr. Auewarakul added. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Can Being Cold Make You Sick?," 23 Feb. 2018 This simple action can help you get rid of pathogens like rhinoviruses (which can cause the common cold), influenza (which can cause the flu), and norovirus (which can cause stomach bugs). Zahra Barnes, SELF, "This Is How Long You Should Actually Be Washing Your Hands," 1 Apr. 2018 But the rhinovirus, the most ubiquitous cause of the common cold, is the challenger every athlete here has been dreading. David Segal, New York Times, "The Most Dreaded Opponent at the Olympics: The Common Cold," 11 Feb. 2018 The medical team used polio viruses already weakened and altered for use in polio vaccines, and genetically engineered them to carry parts of a common cold virus, called a rhinovirus, known to be attracted to glioma cells. NBC News, "Modified polio vaccine helps fight deadly brain tumors," 26 June 2018 Matintalo is proof that any contest with the rhinovirus is a gamble, even for someone who bets with care. David Segal, New York Times, "The Most Dreaded Opponent at the Olympics: The Common Cold," 11 Feb. 2018 But researchers may have identified a compound that can stop some of the most common cold viruses, the rhinovirus, in its tracks, according to a new report published in the journal Nature. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "We Don't Have a Cure for the Common Cold. But This New Treatment Might Stop It in Its Tracks," 14 May 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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New Latin

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rhi·​no·​vi·​rus | \ˌrī-nō-ˈvī-rəs \

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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