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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Also, rhinoviruses are still the most common kind of cold during the summer months, and their symptoms don’t vary from season to season.
To test this, the researchers challenged all the participants’ immune systems by squirting rhinovirus—the virus behind the common cold—into their noses.
Today, the corral is considered an engineered device, while rhinovirus is viewed as a biological entity.
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Origin and Etymology of rhinovirus
First Known Use: 1961See Words from the same year
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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