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[mik-suh-vahy-ruh s, mik-suh-vahy-]
noun, plural myx·o·vi·rus·es.
  1. 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.
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Compare paramyxovirus.

Origin of myxovirus

From New Latin, dating back to 1950–55; see origin at myxo-, virus
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British Dictionary definitions for myxovirus


  1. any of a group of viruses that cause influenza, mumps, and certain other diseases
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myxovirus in Medicine


  1. 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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