[ree-oh-vahy-ruh s, ree-oh-vahy-]
- any large virus of the family Reoviridae, having double-stranded RNA and a polyhedral capsid, including those causing infantile gastroenteritis.
Origin of reovirus
1955–60; r(espiratory) e(nteric) o(rphan) virus; coined by U.S. virologist Albert B. Sabin (born 1906)
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Word Origin and History for reovirus
1959, coined by U.S. medical researcher Dr. Albert B. Sabin (1906-1993), acronym for respiratory enteric orphan virus; "orphan" because it was not connected to any of the diseases it is associated with.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any member of the genus Reovirus.
- A genus of viruses that contain double-stranded RNA and are associated with various diseases in animals, including human respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.
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