One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a group of RNA viruses that are sometimes associated with respiratory and enteric infection.
- ‘The human reovirus infects and kills cancer cells with an activated Ras pathway.’
- ‘As such, recent research has focused on reovirus type 3 and cytomegalovirus as possible viral agents.’
- ‘The MSU M Cell vaccine technology that has been licensed by LigoCyte is based on the targeting of mucosal M-cells using a protein isolated from reovirus.’
- ‘In mice infected with reovirus, in vivo exposure to UVR depleted the spleens of Ia-bearing adherent cells that are required for the in vitro generation of secondary antireovirus cytolytic T lymphocytes.’
1950s: from the initial letters of respiratory, enteric, and orphan (referring to a virus not identified with a particular disease) + virus.
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