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[mik-suh-vahy-ruh s, mik-suh-vahy-] /ˈmɪk səˌvaɪ rəs, ˌmɪk səˈvaɪ-/

noun, plural myxoviruses.
any of a group of medium-sized, RNA-containing having a helical envelope, infectious to humans and other animals and a cause of influenza.
any of a group of viruses that cause influenza, mumps, and certain other diseases

myxovirus myx·o·vi·rus (mĭk’sə-vī’rəs)
Formerly, any of a group of RNA-containing viruses with an affinity for mucins, now included in the families of Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae. These viruses include the influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and measles virus.


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