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[ahr-en-ey-vahy-ruh s]
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.
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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
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arenavirus in Medicine


(ăr′ə-nə-vīrəs, ə-rē′nə-)
  1. The single genus of viruses in the family Arenaviridae that includes the viruses that cause lymphocytic choriomeningitis and Lassa fever.
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