[ kuh-roh-nuh-vahy-ruh s ]
/ kəˈroʊ nəˌvaɪ rəs /
noun, plural co·ro·na·vi·rus·es.
any of various RNA-containing spherical viruses of the family Coronaviridae, including several that cause acute respiratory illnesses.
CAN YOU ACE THIS QUIZ ABOUT “COMPLIMENT” VS. “COMPLEMENT”?
Take this quiz to see if you really know the difference between “compliment” and “complement"!
Question 1 of 11
“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
Origin of coronavirus
First recorded in 1965–70; so called from the coronalike array of spikes projecting from the capsid
Words nearby coronavirus
wekols.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Example sentences from the Web for coronavirus
His doctors found a new virus in his respiratory secretions—a coronavirus, of the same family of viruses that causes SARS.
And he too was subsequently found to have coronavirus—in fact the same strain as the first patient.
British Dictionary definitions for coronavirus
/ (kəˈrəʊnəˌvaɪrəs) /
a type of airborne virus accounting for 10-30% of all colds
Word Origin for coronavirus
C20: so-called because of their corona-like appearance in electron micrographs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for coronavirus
[ kə-rō′nə-vī′rəs ]
Any of various single-stranded, RNA-containing viruses that cause respiratory infection in humans and resemble a crown when viewed under an electron microscope because of their petal-shaped projections.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.