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Any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses that cause chronic infections in rodents and when transmitted to humans cause various hemorrhagic diseases, including Lassa fever.
[Latin arēna, sand; see arena, virus (so called because when an arenavirus virion is viewed in cross section under an electron microscope, the ribosomes acquired from the host cell appear as fine granules ).]
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ar•en•a•vi•rus(ˌɑr ɛnˈeɪˌvaɪ rəs)
n., pl. -rus•es.
any of various RNA-containing viruses of the family Arenaviridae, usu. transmitted to humans by contact with excreta of infected rodents.
[1971; earlier arenovirus (1970) < Latin (h)arēn(a) sand + -o- + virus; so called from the RNA granules seen in cross sections of the virion]
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|Noun||1.||arenavirus - animal viruses belonging to the family Arenaviridae|
Junin virus - the RNA virus that causes Argentine hemorrhagic fever; carried by rats and mice
Lassa virus - the RNA virus that causes Lassa fever
lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus - the RNA virus that causes lymphocytic choriomeningitis; infects mice and monkeys and dogs and guinea pigs and human beings
Machupo virus - the RNA virus that causes Bolivian hemorrhagic fever; carried by rats and mice
Arenaviridae - a family of arborviruses carried by arthropods
animal virus - an animal pathogen that is a virus
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