- any of several picornaviruses of the genus Enterovirus, including poliovirus, that infect the human gastrointestinal tract and cause diseases of the nervous system.
Origin of enterovirus
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Examples from the Web for enterovirus
The viral infection sending hundreds of Midwestern kids to the hospital is EV-68, a rather nasty strain of enterovirus.
This strain of enterovirus seems unusually provocative in irritating lower airways, thereby causing airway narrowing.
Polio is an enterovirus (lives and is replicated in our intestines) that is spread via fecal-oral transmission.U.N. Calls Middle East Polio Outbreak ‘Greatest Polio Challenge in History’
April 9, 2014
Polio is one of many viruses belonging to the "enterovirus" family.
Enterovirus itself, with dozens of different types that affect humans, is another, as is—most famously—poliovirus.
- any of a group of viruses that occur in and cause diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
Word Origin and History for enterovirus
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A virus of the genus Enterovirus.enteric virus
- A genus of picornaviruses, including polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, and echoviruses, that infect the gastrointestinal tract and often spread to other areas of the body, especially the nervous system.
- Any of various viruses of the genus Enterovirus in the family Picornaviridae, including polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, and echoviruses. Enteroviruses affect the intestinal tract and also cause respiratory, neurologic and other infections.
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