influenza virus


n.

Any of three viruses of the genus Influenzavirus designated type A, type B, and type C, that cause influenza and influenzalike infections.

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Medical definitions for influenza virus (2 of 2)

Influenzavirus
[ ĭn′flōō-ĕnzə-vī′rəs ]

n.

A genus of the Orthomyxoviridae family, including the viruses that cause influenza A and B; each type has a stable nucleoprotein group antigen common to all strains of the type, but distinct from that of the other type.
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