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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For a study published in 2018, a group of scientists in Moscow, Idaho, squirted a common-cold-type virus, either a rhinovirus or a mouse coronavirus, up the noses of white mice. Roxanne Khamsi, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 Spanish Fort coach Ben Blackmon’s young daughter, Lotte, is currently at USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital, battling a rhinovirus infection that has manifested into pneumonia. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2021 Exposure to the rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, can protect against infection by the virus that causes COVID-19, Yale researchers have found. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 30 Apr. 2020 The incubation period for rhinovirus ranges from 12 hours to three days, according to Medscape. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, 11 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhinovirus was in 1961

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“Rhinovirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhinovirus. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition



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