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Pronunciation: mas-tad'e-no-vi'rus

Definition: A genus of the family Adenoviridae, including adenoviruses that infect mammals, with over 40 antigenic types (species) being infective for humans. They cause respiratory infections in children, epidemic acute respiratory disease in military recruits, acute follicular conjunctivitis in adults, epidemic keratoconjunctivitis and gastroenteritis; many infections are inapparent.

[G. mastos, breast, hence mammal, + adenovirus]

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