swine influenza

noun

Definition of swine influenza

  1. :  influenza A of swine that is caused by any of several subtypes (such as H1N1 or H3N2) of the causative orthomyxovirus and in which sporadic transmission to humans has occurred — compare swine flu

First Known Use of swine influenza

1919


Medical Dictionary

swine influenza

noun

Medical Definition of swine influenza

  1. :  influenza of swine that is marked by fever, lethargy, labored breathing, coughing, and anorexia and that is typically not fatal but may be complicated by development of bronchopneumonia or secondary bacterial infection Swine influenza is caused by any of several subtypes (such as H1N1 or H3N2) of an orthomyxovirus (species Influenza A virus of the genus Influenzavirus A). Strains of the virus subtypes have been transmitted to humans, sometimes causing outbreaks. —see swine flu



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