Meaning of coronavirus in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈrəʊnəˌvʌɪrəs/

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  • 1Medicine
    Any of a group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological diseases in humans and other animals.

    ‘The greatest benefit appears to be in detecting rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, and parainfluenza viruses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another possibility is that the human coronavirus acquired genes from another, more virulent virus.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Infection with or disease caused by a coronavirus.
      ‘the impact of coronavirus is already being felt across the continent’
      • ‘two more people have tested positive for coronavirus’
      • ‘the coronavirus outbreak led to growing travel restrictions’
      • ‘all three countries have seen a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks’


1960s from corona + virus (with reference to the appearance of the virus, reminiscent of the solar corona, when studied through an electron microscope).