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

  • n. Any of a number of enteroviruses of the family Picornaviridae, inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract and associated with various diseases, such as viral meningitis, mild respiratory infections, and severe diarrhea in newborns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An RNA virus of the Enterovirus genus of the Picornaviridae family, found in the gastrointestinal tract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of a group of viruses associated with various diseases including viral meningitis and mild respiratory disorders and diarrhea in newborn infants


e(nteric) c(ytopathogenic) h(uman) o(rphan) virus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened form of enteric cytopathic human orphan virus. (Wiktionary)


  • Within her first hours, she developed respiratory distress and was transferred to Children's Hospital, where physicians identified liver failure caused by echovirus.

    Liver Transplant — Nora and Lucy


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