from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of RNA-containing viruses, including those that cause influenza, typically having an affinity for certain mucins and causing agglutination of red blood cells.
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- n. any of a group of RNA viruses of Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae families
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of a group of RNA viruses including those that cause influenza and mumps
From myxo- + virus, from Ancient Greek μύξα (muxa, "mucus"), because they react with mucin (mucoprotein) on the surface of red blood cells. (Wiktionary)