[mik-suh-vahy-ruh s, mik-suh-vahy-]
- any of a group of medium-sized, RNA-containing viruses having a helical envelope, infectious to humans and other animals and a cause of influenza.
Origin of myxovirus
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- any of a group of viruses that cause influenza, mumps, and certain other diseases
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- Formerly, any of a group of RNA-containing viruses with an affinity for mucins, now included in the families of Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae. These viruses include the influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and measles virus.
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