Coronavirus definition

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Any of a family (Coronaviridae) of large RNA viruses that cause upper respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal diseases in humans and animals.
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Any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses that infect mammals and birds, causing respiratory infections such as the common cold and SARS in humans, and that have spikes of glycoproteins projecting from the viral envelope.
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(virology) A member of the genus Coronavirus, comprising viruses which infect animals and whose genome consists of a single strand of RNA. [from 1960s]
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A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Coronavirinae.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of coronavirus - corona virus

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
coronavirus
Plural:
coronaviruses

Origin of coronavirus