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Respiratory syncytial virus

a myxovirus causing infections of the nose and throat, esp in young children. It is thought to be involved in some cot deaths RSV

respiratory syncytial virus n.
Abbr. Rs virus
An RNA-containing virus that causes minor respiratory infections in adults and bronchitis and bronchopneumonia in children.
respiratory syncytial virus
A virus of the family Paromyxoviridae and the genus Pneumovirus that causes severe childhood respiratory infections, especially bronchiolitis in infants.


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