Definition of morbillivirus in English:


Syllabification: mor·bil·li·vi·rus
Pronunciation: /môrˈbiləˌvīrəs


Any of a group of paramyxoviruses that cause measles, rinderpest, and canine distemper.
More example sentences
  • Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the morbillivirus.
  • The cause was also reported to be a morbillivirus, but the infection may have spread so widely because the animals' immune systems were compromised by pollutants.
  • Morbillivirus infections which were not documented in aquatic mammals until 1988,


1970s: from Latin morbilli (plural of morbillus 'pustule', from morbus 'disease') + virus.

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