from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a group of DNA-containing viruses that cause conjunctivitis and upper respiratory tract infections in humans.

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  • n. Any virus of the family Adenoviridae, many of which are responsible for respiratory infections in humans

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of a group of viruses including those that in humans cause upper respiratory infections or infectious pinkeye


adeno(id) + virus (from its having first been found in adenoid tissue).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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