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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the Paramyxoviridae family of negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses responsible for a number of human and animal diseases.

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

  • n. a group of viruses including those causing mumps and measles


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Ancient Greek para-, beyond, -myxo-, mucus or slime, and Latin virus, poison, slime.


  • Yet the pandemic virus is identified as a paramyxovirus, agents that typically have longish incubation periods; e.g., 10 to 12 days for measles; 16 to 18 days for mumps, three to five days for respiratory syncytial virus.

    Slate Magazine

  • The so-called paramyxovirus has been implicated in more than a dozen outbreaks in South Asia. Top headlines

  • And when I say "satisfying," I mean I squealed with delight every time I heard a Microbiology 1650 buzzword: fomite, paramyxovirus, live attenuated vaccine, encephalitis, and pleiomorphic, just to name a few.

    Priya Malhotra: The Facts and Fiction of On-Screen Medicine

  • Chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains National Park (Tanzania) are suffering from a respiratory disease that is likely a variant of a human paramyxovirus.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • And, likewise, we infected with parainfluenza-3 -- that's a paramyxovirus -- and you see a little barcode here.

    Joe DeRisi solves medical mysteries

  • These different blocks represent the different viruses in this paramyxovirus family, so you can kind of go down the blocks and see where the signal is, you know.

    Joe DeRisi solves medical mysteries

  • In Hong Kong they say the disease is caused by the paramyxovirus family, which also causes measles.

    Archive 2003-04-01

  • Gitlin L, Moran TM, Lopez CB (2008) MDA5 participates in the detection of paramyxovirus infection and is essential for the early activation of dendritic cells in response to Sendai Virus defective interfering particles.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Gerlach H, Burkhardt E, Kaleta EF (2003) Investigation of several selected adjuvants regarding their efficacy and side effects for the production of a vaccine for parakeets to prevent a disease caused by a paramyxovirus type 3.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Jung A, Grund C, Muller I, Rautenschlein S (2009) Avian paramyxovirus serotype 3 infection in Neopsephotus, Cyanoramphus, and Neophema species.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.