Definition of reovirus in English:

reovirus

Line breaks: reo|virus
Pronunciation: /ˈriːə(ʊ)ˌvʌɪrəs
 
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noun

  • Any of a group of RNA viruses that are sometimes associated with respiratory and enteric infection.
    More 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.

Origin

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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