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echovirus

[ ek-oh-vahy-ruhs ]
/ 藞蓻k o蕣藢va瑟 r蓹s /
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noun, plural ech路o路vi路rus路es.
any of numerous retroviruses of the picornavirus group, some harmless and others associated with various human disorders, as aseptic meningitis.
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Origin of echovirus

1950鈥55; echo- (acronym from enteric cytopathogenic human orphan) + virus; originally termed 鈥渙rphan鈥 because they were not known to be the cause of any disease
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British Dictionary definitions for echovirus

echovirus

ECHO virus

/ (藞蓻k蓹蕣藢va瑟r蓹s) /

noun
any of a group of viruses that can cause symptoms of mild meningitis, the common cold, or infections of the intestinal and respiratory tracts

Word Origin for echovirus

C20: from the initials of Enteric Cytopathic Human Orphan ("orphan" because originally believed to be unrelated to any disease) + virus
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Medical definitions for echovirus

echovirus
[ 臅k艒-v墨鈥瞨蓹s ]

n.
Any of a number of retroviruses of the family Picornaviridae, inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract and associated with various diseases, such as viral meningitis, mild respiratory infections, and severe diarrhea in newborns.
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