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parvovirus

[ pahr-voh-vahy-ruhs ]
/ ˈpɑr voʊˌvaɪ rəs /
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noun, plural par·vo·vi·rus·es.

Veterinary Pathology. a highly contagious, often fatal viral disease of dogs, characterized by vomiting, severe diarrhea, and depression and accompanied by high fever and loss of appetite.
any of several small DNA-containing viruses belonging to the genus Parvovirus, of the family Parvoviridae, especially the virus that causes the disease parvovirus in dogs or distemper in cats.

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Origin of parvovirus

1960–65; <Latin parv(us) small + -o- + virus
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British Dictionary definitions for parvovirus

parvovirus
/ (ˈpɑːvəʊˌvaɪrəs) /

noun

any of a group of viruses characterized by their very small size, each of which is specific to a particular species, as for example canine parvovirus

Word Origin for parvovirus

C20: New Latin from Latin parvus little + virus
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Medical definitions for parvovirus

parvovirus
[ pärvō-vī′rəs ]

n.

Any of a group of small viruses of the genus Parvovirus that cause disease in many vertebrates, especially mammals such as dogs and cattle.
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Scientific definitions for parvovirus

parvovirus
[ pärvō-vī′rəs ]

Any of a group of small DNA viruses of the family Parvoviridae that cause disease in many vertebrates, especially a febrile infection in dogs resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes death. In humans it commonly causes an acute contagious infection called fifth disease, marked by a facial rash.
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