Definition of coronavirus in US English:



  • Any of a group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of diseases in humans and other animals.

    • ‘The most frequently observed viruses were rhinoviruses followed by coronaviruses and respiratory syncytial virus.’
    • ‘SARs is believed to be a type of RNA virus called a coronavirus.’
    • ‘Alternatively, it may have derived from one or more unidentified animal coronaviruses that only recently mutated or recombined to create a human pathogen, he says.’
    • ‘The greatest benefit appears to be in detecting rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, and parainfluenza viruses.’
    • ‘Another possibility is that the human coronavirus acquired genes from another, more virulent virus.’