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Term formerly used for viruses with an affinity for mucins, now included in the families Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae. The myxoviruses included influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, measles virus, and mumps virus.
myxovirus/myxo·vi·rus/ (mik´so-vi″rus) any of a group of RNA viruses, including the viruses of influenza, parainfluenza, mumps, and Newcastle disease, characteristically causing agglutination of erythrocytes.
n. pl. myxovi·ruses
A paramyxovirus or orthomyxovirus.
Etymology: Gk, myxa + L, virus, poison
any of a group of medium-size ribonucleic acid viruses that are further divided into orthomyxoviruses and paramyxoviruses. Infection with these viruses is usually caused by transmission of the respiratory secretions of an infected host. The viruses that cause influenza, mumps, and parainfluenza are myxoviruses.
MX1A gene on chromosome 21q22.3 that encodes a dynamin-like GTPase which acts as a cell-autonomous host restriction factor against many viral pathogens, including influenza viruses, rhabdovirus VSV, bunyavirus LACV, Thogoto virus, measles virus, Hanta virus, Coxsackie virus CVB, Rift Valley fever virus, HBV, and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus.
a synonym for influenza virus. See orthomyxoviridae.