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respiratory syncytial virus


Definition: an RNA virus of the genus Pneumovirus, in the family Paramyxoviridae, with a tendency to form syncytia in tissue culture, which causes minor respiratory infection with rhinitis and cough in adults, but is capable of causing severe bronchitis and bronchopneumonia in young children; first isolated in chimpanzees with respiratory disease.

Synonym(s): chimpanzee coryza agent, Rs virus

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