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reovirus Syllabification: re·o·vi·rus
Pronunciation: /ˈrēəvīrəs/

Definition of reovirus in English:


Any of a group of RNA viruses that are sometimes associated with respiratory and enteric infection.
Example sentences
  • The human reovirus infects and kills cancer cells with an activated Ras pathway.
  • As such, recent research has focused on reovirus type 3 and cytomegalovirus as possible viral agents.
  • In mice infected with reovirus, in vivo exposure to UVR depleted the spleens of Ia-bearing adherent cells that are required for the in vitro generation of secondary antireovirus cytolytic T lymphocytes.


1950s: from the initial letters of respiratory, enteric, and orphan (referring to a virus not identified with a particular disease) + virus.

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