arbovirus

[ahr-buh-vahy-ruh s]

noun, plural ar·bo·vi·rus·es.

any of several groups of RNA-containing viruses that are transmitted by bloodsucking arthropods, as ticks, fleas, or mosquitoes, and may cause encephalitis, yellow fever, or dengue fever.

Nearby words

  1. arborization,
  2. arborize,
  3. arborous,
  4. arborvitae,
  5. arbour,
  6. arbroath,
  7. arbtrn.,
  8. arbus,
  9. arbus, diane,
  10. arbuscular mycorrhiza

Origin of arbovirus

1955–60; ar(thropod-) bo(rne) virus

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British Dictionary definitions for arbovirus

arbovirus

noun

any one of a group of viruses that cause such diseases as encephalitis and dengue and are transmitted to humans by arthropods, esp insects and ticks

Word Origin for arbovirus

C20: from ar (thropod-) bo (rne) virus

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Medicine definitions for arbovirus

arbovirus

[ärbə-vī′rəs]

n.

Any of a large group of viruses transmitted by arthropods, such as mosquitoes and ticks, that include the causative agents of encephalitis, yellow fever, and dengue.

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Science definitions for arbovirus

arbovirus

[ärbə-vī′rəs]

Any of a large group of RNA viruses that are transmitted primarily by arthropods, such as mosquitoes and ticks. The more than 400 species were originally considered to be a single group, but are now divided among four families: Togaviridae, Flaviviridae, Bunyaviridae, and Arenaviridae. These viruses cause a variety of infectious diseases in humans, including rubella, yellow fever, and dengue.
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