noun, plural ro·ta·vi·rus·es.
a double-stranded RNA virus of the genus Rotavirus, family Reoviridae, that is a major cause of infant diarrhea.
Origin of rotavirus
1974; < Latin rota wheel + virus
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any member of a genus of viruses that cause worldwide endemic infections. They occur in birds and mammals, cause diarrhoea in children, and are usually transmitted in food prepared with unwashed hands
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n. pl. ro•ta•vi•rus•es
Any of a group of wheel-shaped RNA viruses of the family Reoviridae, including the human gastroenteritis viruses that cause infant diarrhea.gastroenteritis virus type B
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