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filovirus Syllabification: fi·lo·vi·rus
Pronunciation: /ˈfēlōˌvīrəs/ /ˈfī-/

Definition of filovirus in English:


A filamentous RNA virus of a genus that causes severe hemorrhagic fevers in humans and primates, and that includes the Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Example sentences
  • Ebola is a filovirus, a type of virus about which little is known.
  • According to the study, the outer protein shell of filoviruses, such as Ebola, have a biochemical structure similar to retroviruses carried by birds, making a common evolutionary origin more likely.
  • Together with their cousin, the Marburg virus, they make up the family of viruses known as filoviruses.
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