any of a group of DNA that cause eye and respiratory diseases.
Contemporary Examples

In addition, it is hoped that non-human adenovirus will be safer than adenovirus.
Ebola Vaccine Will Do Little for Current Crisis Kent Sepkowitz August 27, 2014

Herpes virus, adenovirus and many others have been studied against a wide variety of cancers; many trials are ongoing.
Are Viruses the Next Cure for Cancer? Kent Sepkowitz May 14, 2014

Instead of using a retrovirus (as Japanese scientists had done) that can cause cancer, they are using an adenovirus which is safe.
Bush’s Deadly Blunder Jeffrey Hart November 25, 2008

The adenovirus he received was simply a vector, bringing a missing gene to his cell.
Ebola Vaccine Will Do Little for Current Crisis Kent Sepkowitz August 27, 2014

any of a group of viruses that can cause upper respiratory diseases in man Compare enterovirus, myxovirus

adenovirus ad·e·no·vi·rus (ād’n-ō-vī’rəs)
Any of the viruses of the family Adenoviridae. Also called adenoidal-pharyngeal-conjunctival virus.
Any of a group of DNA-containing viruses of the family Adenoviridae that commonly cause conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis, and respiratory infections such as colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia in humans.


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