Definition of morbillivirus in US English:

morbillivirus

noun

Medicine
  • Any of a group of paramyxoviruses that cause measles, rinderpest, and canine distemper.

    • ‘Morbillivirus infections which were not documented in aquatic mammals until 1988,’
    • ‘Morbillivirus is a type of virus that causes serious disease in several species of animals and in people.’
    • ‘Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the morbillivirus.’
    • ‘The cause was also reported to be a morbillivirus, but the infection may have spread so widely because the animals' immune systems were compromised by pollutants.’

Origin

1970s: from Latin morbilli (plural of morbillus ‘pustule’, from morbus ‘disease’) + virus.

Pronunciation

morbillivirus

/môrˈbiləˌvīrəs/