Any of a group of RNA viruses, some of which cause acute enteritis in humans.
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- In recent years, the existence of different types of human rotaviruses has been demonstrated by immunological assays and gel electrophoretic analysis of viral RNA.
- Symptomatic human rotaviruses were detected in 57 of 352 specimens by RNA-PAGE.
- Gastroenteritis is caused mainly by viruses, such as the rotaviruses commonly found in infected shellfish.
1970s: modern Latin, from Latin rota 'wheel' + virus.