Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to rotavirus: norovirus, rotavirus gastroenteritis


n. pl. ro·ta·vi·rus·es
Any of a genus of wheel-shaped reoviruses, including one that causes gastroenteritis, especially in infants and newborn animals.

[New Latin Rotavīrus, genus name : Latin rota, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots + virus.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Pathology) any member of a genus of viruses that cause worldwide endemic infections. They occur in birds and mammals, cause diarrhoea in children, and are usually transmitted in food prepared with unwashed hands
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈroʊ təˌvaɪ rəs)
n., pl. -rus•es.
a double-stranded RNA virus of the genus Rotavirus, family Reoviridae, that is a major cause of infant diarrhea.
[1974; < Latin rota wheel + virus]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rotavirus - the reovirus causing infant enteritis
reovirus - any of a group of non-arboviruses including the rotavirus causing infant enteritis
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
ENPNewswire-August 20, 2019--University of Liverpool: Extra dose of rotavirus vaccine would have only 'modest' impact
Bishkek on August 13 hosted a conference on introducing of the rotavirus vaccination of children, the press service of the Ministry of Health reported.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 9 (ANI): Every child will be administered rotavirus vaccine by the end of the year as Union Health Ministry is set to expand its vaccination programme across the country.
A 2016-2017 audit report from Pakistan stated that over the preceding four years, rotavirus diarrhoea has been responsible for deaths of 2.6 million children in the country.1 Given its immense disease burden, vaccination against rotavirus is a key preventive measure that is being implemented globally.
Before the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in the United States in 2006, rotavirus infection was the leading cause of severe gastroenteritis among U.S.
Rotavirus, Norovirus and E.coli are responsible for more than half of all diarrheal deaths in under five-year-old children.
Health experts in the country have emphasised making the parents aware about the vaccine of rotavirus that can save thousands of lives in the country.
Finland introduced the universal rotavirus vaccination in September, 2009.
Objective: To determine frequency of rotavirus infection in children under 2 years of age presenting with acute watery diarrhea at tertiary care hospital.
Globally, the rotavirus deaths in 2013 were estimated at 215,000 in children under five years of age [1].
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children worldwide; it was reported to be responsible for about 128,500 deaths in 2016, with over 70% of cases occurring in sub-Saharan Africa [1,2].