Definition of picornavirus in English:


Syllabification: pi·cor·na·vi·rus
Pronunciation: /piˈkôrnəˌvīrəs


  • Any of a group of very small RNA viruses that includes enteroviruses, rhinoviruses, and the virus of foot-and-mouth disease.
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    • Hepatitis A infection, caused by an RNA virus in the picornavirus family, is the most common cause of hepatitis in the United States.
    • The picornavirus family includes rhinoviruses and enteroviruses, which cause approximately one half of common colds each year.
    • Viruses were detected in 31 of 177 patients: picornaviruses in 10 and coronavirus in 21.


1960s: from pico- + RNA + virus.

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