[ fil-uh-vahy-ruh s, fahy-luh‐ ]
/ ˈfɪl əˈvaɪ rəs, ˈfaɪ lə‐ /

noun, plural fil·o·vi·rus·es.

any of several filamentous, single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Filoviridae, defined by their unique appearance and reproductive strategies, as the Ebola and Marburg viruses.

Origin of filovirus

1985–90; New Latin, equivalent to Latin fīl(um) a thread + -o- + virus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for filovirus

/ (ˈfaɪləʊˌvaɪrəs) /


any member of a family of viruses that includes the agents responsible for Ebola virus disease and Marburg disease

Word Origin for filovirus

C20: from Latin filum thread + virus
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Medicine definitions for filovirus

[ fēlō-vī′rəs, fĭlo ]


Any of a group of filamentous RNA viruses of the family Filoviridae, including Ebola and Marburg viruses, that are characterized by elongated, branched, curved, or spherical virions and that cause hemorrhagic fevers.
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