American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. animal viruses belonging to the family Filoviridae
- Latin fīlum, thread, + virus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“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?”
“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.”
“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.”
“The filovirus is nice, but personally, I've always preferred parasites.”
“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.”
“So the huggable, squeezable, soft plush filovirus is right out?”
“Studies to identify the reservoir of Marburg virus, a closely related filovirus are being conducted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”
“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.”
“We need to identify it because once a filovirus hits humans, it can be deadly.”
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