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n. pl. rhab·do·vi·rus·es
Any of a family of RNA viruses, including the rabies virus, that infect plants and animals.

[Greek rhabdos, rod; see wer- in Indo-European roots + virus.]


(Biology) any of the viruses belonging to the Rhabdoviradae family, which are composed of rod-shaped particles that can infect living organisms, and which include the viruses that cause rabies


(ˈræb doʊˌvaɪ rəs)

n., pl. -rus•es.
any of numerous bullet-shaped or oblong RNA-containing viruses, of the family Rhabdoviridae, that have spikes protruding from their envelope: includes the virus that causes rabies.
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Noun1.rhabdovirus - any of a group of arboviruses including those causing rabies
Rhabdoviridae - a family of arborviruses carried by arthropods
animal virus - an animal pathogen that is a virus
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To the Editor: Rhabdoviruses (family Rhabdoviridae) are enveloped single-stranded negative-sense RNA viruses belonging to the Mononega-virales order.
The virus has been characterized to a fair degree but its relation to other rhabdoviruses needs to be studied.
However, human MxA demonstrates a wide antiviral spectrum of activities against orthomyxo viruses (including influenza viruses), rhabdoviruses (Pavlovic et al.
The bat samples were negative for rhabdoviruses but positive for flaviviruses (brain tissue only).
MxA-sensitive viruses include members of the bunyaviruses, orthomyxoviruses, paramyxoviruses, rhabdoviruses, togaviruses, picornaviruses, and hepatitis B virus, a DNA virus with a genomic RNA intermediate (Haller et al.
In addition, a substantial number of plant, vertebrate, and invertebrate rhabdoviruses have not been classified (1).
The Rhabdoviridae family contains 6 formally approved genera, but most bat rhabdoviruses belong to the Lyssavirus genus (Figure).