Meaning of coronavirus

co•ro•na•vi•rus

Pronunciation: (ku-rō'nu-vī"rus), [key]
— pl. -rus•es.
  1. any of various RNA-containing spherical viruses of the family Coronaviridae, including several that cause acute respiratory illnesses.
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