respiratory syncytial virus
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respiratory syncytial virus(sĭnsĭsh`əl): see cold, commoncold, common,
acute viral infection of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat, often involving the sinuses. The typical sore throat, sneezing, and fatigue may be accompanied by body aches, headache, low fever, and chills.
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respiratory syncytial virus[′res·prə‚tȯr·ē sin′sish·əl ′vī·rəs]
An enveloped, single-stranded RNA animal virus belonging to the Paramyxoviridae genus Pneumovirus ; associated with a large proportion of respiratory illnesses in very young children, particularly bronchiolitis and pneumonia.
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