togavirus

noun

to·​ga·​vi·​rus ˈtō-gə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce togavirus (audio)
: any of a family (Togaviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a spherical virion and include the causative agents of German measles and the three forms of equine encephalitis

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin toga toga + New Latin virus

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of togavirus was in 1970

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“Togavirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/togavirus. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

togavirus

noun
to·​ga·​vi·​rus ˈtō-gə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce togavirus (audio)
: any of the family Togaviridae of RNA viruses including the causative agents of German measles and the three forms of equine encephalitis
The togaviruses exist in geographically limited habitats in which specific mosquitoes and vertebrate hosts play roles in virus survival, geographic extension, overwintering, and amplification.Frederick A. Murphy et al., Veterinary Virology, 3rd edition
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