picornavirus

[ pi-kawr-nuh-vahy-ruh s, -kawr-nuh-vahy- ]
/ pɪˈkɔr nəˌvaɪ rəs, -ˌkɔr nəˈvaɪ- /

noun, plural pi·cor·na·vi·rus·es.

any of a group of small, RNA-containing viruses of the family Picornaviridae, infectious to humans and other animals, and including the poliovirus and the rhinoviruses that cause the common cold.

Nearby words

  1. picogram,
  2. picoline,
  3. picometer,
  4. picong,
  5. picornaviridae,
  6. picosecond,
  7. picot,
  8. picot stitch,
  9. picotee,
  10. picowave

Origin of picornavirus

1960–65; pico- (in the sense “very small”) + RNA + virus

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British Dictionary definitions for picornavirus

picornavirus

/ (ˈpɪˈkɔːnəˌvaɪrəs) /

noun

any one of a group of small viruses that contain RNA; the group includes polioviruses, rhinoviruses, coxsackie viruses, and the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease

Word Origin for picornavirus

C20: from pico + RNA + virus

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Medicine definitions for picornavirus

picornavirus

[ pē-kôrnə-vī′rəs, pĭ- ]

n.

A virus of the family Picornaviridae.

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