- any virus containing RNA; retrovirus.
Origin of RNA virus
First recorded in 1960–65
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- Any of a group of viruses whose nucleic acid core is composed of RNA, including the picornaviruses, retroviruses, and paramyxoviruses.
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- A virus whose genome is composed of RNA. Retroviruses are RNA viruses. Compare DNA virus.
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