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echovirus

[ek-oh-vahy-ruh s]
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noun, plural ech·o·vi·rus·es.
  1. any of numerous retroviruses of the picornavirus group, some harmless and others associated with various human disorders, as aseptic meningitis.
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Also ech·o vi·rus, ECH·O vi·rus.

Origin of echovirus

1950–55; echo- (acronym from enteric cytopathogenic human orphan) + virus; orig. termed “orphan” because they were not known to be the cause of any disease
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British Dictionary definitions for echovirus

echovirus

ECHO virus

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

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

n.

also ECHO virus, 1955, acronym for enteric cytopathogenic human orphan; "orphan" because when discovered they were not known to cause any disease.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

echovirus in Medicine

echovirus

(ĕkō-vī′rəs)
n.
  1. 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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