[ ad-n-oh-vahy-ruhs ]

noun,plural ad·e·no·vi·rus·es.
  1. any of a group of DNA viruses that cause eye and respiratory diseases.

Origin of adenovirus

First recorded in 1955–60; adeno- + virus

Other words from adenovirus

  • ad·e·no·vi·ral, adjective

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How to use adenovirus in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for adenovirus


/ (ˌædɪnəʊˈvaɪrəs) /

  1. any of a group of viruses that can cause upper respiratory diseases in man: Compare enterovirus, myxovirus

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Scientific definitions for adenovirus


[ ăd′n-ō-vīrəs ]

  1. Any of a group of DNA-containing viruses of the family Adenoviridae that commonly cause conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis, and respiratory infections such as colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia in humans.

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