any of a family (Parvoviridae) of very small DNA viruses affecting a wide range of vertebrates and some invertebrates, including viruses which cause acute enteritis in dogs and cats and which can be fatal to puppies and kittens
Origin of parvovirusfrom Classical Latin parvus, small + virus
- Any of a family of very small DNA viruses that cause various diseases in animals, including feline panleukopenia, canine parvovirus, and fifth disease in humans.
- a. A highly contagious infectious disease of dogs, especially puppies, characterized by lethargy, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is spread through feces from infected animals.b. The parvovirus that is the causative agent of this disease. Also called In both subsenses also called canine parvovirus . Also called parvo .
Origin of parvovirusLatin parvus small ; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots. virus