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arenavirus

Line breaks: arena|virus
Pronunciation: /əˈriːnəˌvʌɪrəs
 
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Definition of arenavirus in English:

noun

Medicine
Any of a group of RNA viruses (including that causing Lassa fever) which appear under an electron microscope to contain sand-like granules.
Example sentences
  • Viral illnesses known to cause petechial rashes include cytomegalovirus infections, atypical measles and viral hemorrhagic fevers caused by arboviruses and arenaviruses.
  • The unit has contributed significantly to a better understanding of the pathogenesis and ecology of viruses such as Ebola, Crimean - Congo haemorrhagic fever, Marburg, Rift Valley fever and Lassa fever - related arenaviruses.
  • The medication has shown limited success in the treatment of patients with viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Lassa, Crimean-Congo, some New World arenaviruses, and Bunyaviruses. (25,28)

Origin

1970s: from Latin arenosus 'sandy' (from arena 'sand') + virus.

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