Definition of Coxsackie virus in English:

Coxsackie virus

(also coxsackie virus, coxsackievirus)

Pronunciation /käkˈsakē ˌvīrəs/ /kɑkˈsæki ˌvaɪrəs/


  • Any of a group of enteroviruses which cause various respiratory, neurological, and muscular diseases in humans.

    ‘The virus implicated is thought to be a Coxsackie virus, which belongs to the family of enteroviruses.’
    • ‘Other virus infections have also been implicated such as the Coxsackie virus, the Epstein-Barr virus, and others.’
    • ‘In 1995 I was diagnosed with a Coxsackie virus which had apparently settled into my heart.’
    • ‘Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection caused by a strain of Coxsackie virus.’
    • ‘The medical student learned about hand, foot and mouth disease, which is a benign illness caused by Coxsackie virus.’


1940s named after Coxsackie, New York State, where the first cases were diagnosed.