from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of viruses that contain RNA and are similar to but larger and more variable in size than the related myxovirus. The paramyxoviruses include the Sendai virus, the parainfluenza viruses, and the viruses that cause measles and mumps.
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- n. Any member of the Paramyxoviridae family of negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses responsible for a number of human and animal diseases.
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- n. a group of viruses including those causing mumps and measles
Ancient Greek para-, beyond, -myxo-, mucus or slime, and Latin virus, poison, slime. (Wiktionary)