paramyxovirus[par′ə mik′sə vī′rəs]
any of a family (Paramyxoviridae) of RNA viruses, including those causing mumps, measles, and parainfluenza
Any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses including the respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza viruses, and viruses that cause measles and mumps.
- Any member of the Paramyxoviridae family of negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses responsible for a number of human and animal diseases.
Ancient Greek para-, beyond, -myxo-, mucus or slime, and Latin virus, poison, slime.