[ hahn-tuh-vahy-ruh s, han‐ ]
/ ˈhɑn təˌvaɪ rəs, ˈhæn‐ /
noun, plural han·ta·vi·rus·es.
any of several viruses of the family Bunyaviridae, spread chiefly by wild rodents, that cause acute respiratory illness, kidney failure, and other syndromes.
Origin of hantavirus
First recorded in 1975–80; after the Hantaan River in Korea, near which the virus first afflicted Westerners in the 1950s
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British Dictionary definitions for hantavirus
/ (ˈhæntəˌvaɪrəs) /
any one of a group of viruses that are transmitted to humans by rodents and cause disease of varying severity, ranging from a mild form of influenza to respiratory or kidney failure
Word Origin for hantavirus
C20: from Hanta (an), river in North and South Korea where the disease was first reported + virus
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Medicine definitions for hantavirus
[ hăn′tə-vī′rəs ]
A type of virus carried by rodents causing severe respiratory infections in humans and, in some cases, hemorrhaging, kidney disease, and death.
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Science definitions for hantavirus
[ hăn′tə-vī′rəs ]
Any of a group of viruses of the genus Hantavirus, carried by rodents, that cause severe respiratory infections in humans and, in some cases, hemorrhaging, kidney disease, and death.
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