Definition of echovirus in English:

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echovirus

Pronunciation: /ˈekōˌvīrəs/
(also ECHO virus)

noun

Medicine
Any of a group of enteroviruses that can cause a range of diseases, including respiratory infections and a mild form of meningitis.
Example sentences
  • These are usually self-limited syndromes caused by a variety of viruses: rhinovirus, adenovirus, echovirus, coxsackievirus, influenza, and parainfluenza viruses.
  • Enteroviruses, including coxsackieviruses and echoviruses, are important viral pathogens in humans, causing a variety of diseases.
  • Named after Coxsackie, New York, where they were discovered, the coxsackie viruses are part of the enterovirus family of viruses (which also includes echoviruses, polio, and hepatitis A viruses) that live in the human digestive tract.

Origin

1950s: from echo (acronym from enteric cytopathogenic human orphan, because the virus was not originally assignable to any known disease) + virus.

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Syllabification: ech·o·vi·rus

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