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parvovirus Syllabification: par·vo·vi·rus
Pronunciation: /ˈpärvōˌvīrəs/

Definition of parvovirus in English:


Any of a class of very small viruses chiefly affecting animals, especially one ( canine parvovirus) that causes contagious disease in dogs.
Example sentences
  • Owing to narrow tissue or species specificity of parvoviruses, animal parvoviruses do not infect humans.
  • Puppies should be vaccinated against distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and rabies.
  • Effective vaccines exist for a number of animal parvoviruses.


1960s: from Latin parvus 'small' + virus.

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