Definitions

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

  • n. Any of a group of filamentous RNA viruses of the family Filoviridae, including Ebola and Marburg viruses, that are characterized by elongated, branched, curved, or spherical virions and that cause hemorrhagic fevers.

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  • n. Any virus of the family Filoviridae.

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  • n. animal viruses belonging to the family Filoviridae

Etymologies

Latin fīlum, thread, + virus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Ebola and the Marburg virus are the two main categories of so-called filovirus which causes haemorrhagic fever (VHF), a disease dubbed a "slate-wiper" for its extreme lethality.

    The Times of India

  • Had the then-67-year-old Hoffman — who brought mainstream culture face to face with autism in Rain Man and went mano a mano with an Ebola-like filovirus in Outbreak — never quite broken character from his 1982 film Tootsie?

    Strange but True: Males Can Lactate | Impact Lab

  • Marburg (filovirus) Closely related to Ebola, this virus was identified in 1967 when 31 people were infected in West Germany and Yugoslavia by Ugandan green monkeys. 7 died.

    Outbreak Of Fear

  • Dot indicates significant viral outbreakEbola (filovirus) With a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, it killed hundreds in Zaire and western Sudan in 1976 and 1979.

    Outbreak Of Fear

  • The filovirus is nice, but personally, I've always preferred parasites.

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  • Yeah, okay, 'talk to the filovirus' doesn't have the same ring, I know... and I've really got to get off this microbe thing.

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  • So the huggable, squeezable, soft plush filovirus is right out?

    a year older and an hour shorter

  • Studies to identify the reservoir of Marburg virus, a closely related filovirus are being conducted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Chapter 7

  • It suggests that these species, which maintain a filovirus infection without negative health consequences, could have selectively maintained these so-called "fossil" genes as a genetic defense.

    RichardDawkins.net - All Content

  • "We need to identify it because once a filovirus hits humans, it can be deadly."

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

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