- any of various RNA-containing spherical viruses of the family Coronaviridae, including several that cause acute respiratory illnesses.
Origin of coronavirus
First recorded in 1965–70; so called from the coronalike array of spikes projecting from the capsid
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His doctors found a new virus in his respiratory secretions—a coronavirus, of the same family of viruses that causes SARS.
And he too was subsequently found to have coronavirus—in fact the same strain as the first patient.
- a type of airborne virus accounting for 10-30% of all colds
Word Origin for coronavirus
C20: so-called because of their corona-like appearance in electron micrographs
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- Any of various single-stranded, RNA-containing viruses that cause respiratory infection in humans and resemble a crown when viewed under an electron microscope because of their petal-shaped projections.
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