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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.]
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(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]
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ech•o•vi•rus(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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|Noun||1.||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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