[par-uh-mik-suh-vahy-ruh s, -mik-suh-vahy-]
- any of various RNA-containing viruses that are similar to but larger than the myxoviruses, including the viruses that cause mumps, measles, parainfluenza, and Newcastle disease.
Origin of paramyxovirus
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- A member of the genus Paramyxovirus.
- A genus of viruses that contain RNA and are similar to but larger and more variable in size than the related myxovirus; it includes the Sendai virus, the parainfluenza viruses, and the viruses that cause measles and mumps.
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