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rotavirus

[roh-tuh-vahy-ruh s]
noun, plural ro·ta·vi·rus·es.
  1. a double-stranded RNA virus of the genus Rotavirus, family Reoviridae, that is a major cause of infant diarrhea.
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Origin of rotavirus

1974; < Latin rota wheel + virus
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rotavirus

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for rotavirus

n.

wheel-shaped virus causing inflammation of the lining of the intestines, 1974, from Latin rota "wheel" (see rotary) + virus.

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rotavirus in Medicine

rotavirus

(rō′tə-vīrəs)
n. pl. ro•ta•vi•rus•es
  1. 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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