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hantavirus

[ hahn-tuh-vahy-ruhs, han‐ ]
/ ˈhɑn təˌvaɪ rəs, ˈhæn‐ /
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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.
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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

hantavirus
/ (ˈhæntəˌvaɪrəs) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for hantavirus

hantavirus
[ hăntə-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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