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[mik-suh-vahy-ruh s, mik-suh-vahy-] /ˈmɪk səˌvaɪ rəs, ˌmɪk səˈvaɪ-/
noun, plural myxoviruses.
any of a group of medium-sized, RNA-containing viruses having a helical envelope, infectious to humans and other animals and a cause of influenza.
Compare paramyxovirus.
Origin of myxovirus
From New Latin, dating back to 1950-55; See origin at myxo-, virus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for myxovirus


any of a group of viruses that cause influenza, mumps, and certain other diseases
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myxovirus in Medicine

myxovirus myx·o·vi·rus (mĭk'sə-vī'rəs)
Formerly, any of a group of RNA-containing viruses with an affinity for mucins, now included in the families of Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae. These viruses include the influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and measles virus.

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