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Definition of Paramyxovirus

Paramyxovirus: One of a group of RNA viruses that are predominantly responsible for acute respiratory diseases and are usually transmitted by airborne droplets. The paramyxoviruses include the agents of mumps, measles (rubeola), RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), Newcastle disease, and parainfluenza.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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