Meaning of morbillivirus in English:


Pronunciation /mɔːˈbɪlɪˌvʌɪrəs/


  • Any of a group of paramyxoviruses which causes measles, rinderpest, and canine distemper.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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