Orthomyxovirus definition

ôrthō-mĭksə-vīrəs
Any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses, including the virus that causes influenza.
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Any of a family (Orthomyxoviridae) of RNA viruses affecting certain vertebrates, primarily causing upper respiratory infections; especially, any of a genus (Influenzavirus) causing influenza in human beings.
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Any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses, including the virus that causes influenza.
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Any RNA virus of Orthomyxoviridae family characterised by having two long glycoprotein spikes.

Swine influenza is an example of an orthomyxovirus.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
orthomyxovirus
Plural:
orthomyxoviruses

Origin of orthomyxovirus

  • ortho– correct (from the fact that the viruses cause influenza, in contrast to the paramyxoviruses causing parainfluenza) myxovirus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From ortho- +"Ž myxovirus.

    From Wiktionary