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

  • n. Any of a group of wheel-shaped, RNA-contained viruses that cause gastroenteritis, especially in infants and newborn animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a group of wheel-shaped viruses, of the genus Rotavirus, that causes gastroenteritis and diarrhea in children and animals.

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

  • n. the reovirus causing infant enteritis


The name rotavirus was first proposed in 1977. (Wiktionary)



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