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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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 In the last few years, however, advances in molecular genetics have afforded scientists insights into the rhinovirus, the most common cause of the common cold. Richard Klasco, M.d., New York Times, "Can You Get Two Colds at Once?," 30 Mar. 2018 Most colds are transmited by a type of rhinovirus, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "We Asked Infectious Disease Experts to Rank 5 Flu-Prevention Products," 20 Mar. 2018 While the biggest surge in human rhinovirus infections occurs in the fall, springtime also ushers in a second peak season for common colds. Markham Heid, Time, "Are You More Likely to Get Sick When The Seasons Change? Here's What Experts Say," 19 Mar. 2018 Women who have not yet gone through menopause had a stronger immune response to rhinovirus than those from men of the same age. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Man flu? Researcher suggests it’s real, and we need more man caves to treat it," 12 Dec. 2017

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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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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