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novel coronavirus

[ nov-uhl kuh-roh-nuh-vahy-ruhs ]
/ ˈnɒv əl kəˈroʊ nəˌvaɪ rəs /
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noun Pathology.

a coronavirus that has not previously been detected or reported: the public health threat of novel coronaviruses such as COVID-19.Abbreviation: nCoV

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Origin of novel coronavirus

First recorded in 1985–90; applied to SARS
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