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n. pl. ech·o·vi·rus·es
Any of various enteroviruses of the gastrointestinal tract associated with certain diseases, such as viral meningitis, mild respiratory infections, and severe diarrhea in newborns.

[e(nteric) c(ytopathogenic) h(uman) o(rphan) virus.]


(ˈɛkəʊˌvaɪrəs) or

ECHO virus

(Microbiology) any of a group of viruses that can cause symptoms of mild meningitis, the common cold, or infections of the intestinal and respiratory tracts
[C20: from the initials of Enteric Cytopathic Human Orphan ("orphan" because originally believed to be unrelated to any disease) + virus]


(ˈɛk oʊˌvaɪ rəs)

n., pl. -rus•es.
any of numerous retroviruses of the picornavirus group, some harmless and others associated with various human disorders, as aseptic meningitis.
[1950–55; echo- (acronym from enteric cytopathogenic human orphan) + virus]
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Noun1.echovirus - any of a group of viruses associated with various diseases including viral meningitis and mild respiratory disorders and diarrhea in newborn infants
enterovirus - any of a group of picornaviruses that infect the gastrointestinal tract and can spread to other areas (especially the nervous system)
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Persistent and fatal central-nervous-system ECHOvirus infections in patients with agammaglobulinemia.
Although the peak incidence of echovirus infections usually happens in mid-July, attention is necessary for some time,'' said Nobuhiko Okabe, head of the institute's Infectious Disease Surveillance Center.
One reason that infants might get echovirus infections in organs that aren't affected in adults is that the [VLA-2] receptor might be expressed in fetal life or early newborn life and then get shut off," he suggests.