Definition of hantavirus in US English:

hantavirus

noun

  • A virus of a genus carried by rodents and causing various febrile hemorrhagic diseases, often with kidney damage or failure.

    • ‘Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome was first recognized as a hantavirus disease in 1993 and is a disease of the Americas.’
    • ‘This hantavirus, a member of the Bunyaviridae family of RNA viruses, is transmitted by its reservoir host Peromyscus maniculatus, the deer mouse.’
    • ‘The molecular techniques will include primers that can identify Thottapalayam virus, the only hantavirus isolate from India.’
    • ‘Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is associated with higher mortality than HFRS, was first recognized as a hantavirus disease in 1993, and occurs within the American continents.’
    • ‘Mammals are the most common reservoirs of zoonotic disease, and rodents play the leading role, implicated in the spread of plague, Lyme disease, hantavirus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.’

Origin

1980s: from Hantaan (the name of a river in Korea where the virus was first isolated) + virus.

Pronunciation

hantavirus

/ˈhan(t)əˌvīrəs/