[ ahr-en-ey-vahy-ruhs ]

noun,plural ar·en·a·vi·rus·es.
  1. any of various RNA-containing viruses of the family Arenaviridae, usually transmitted to humans by contact with excreta of infected rodents.

Origin of arenavirus

1971; earlier arenovirus (1970) <Latin (h)arēn(a) sand + -o- + virus; so called from the RNA granules seen in cross sections of the virion

Words Nearby arenavirus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024