virus

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See also: Virus, virüs, vírus, vīrus, vīruss, and -virus

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin virus (poison, slime, venom). First use in the computer context by David Gerrold in his 1972 book When HARLIE Was One.

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virus (plural viruses or viri)

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The virions that carry the Marburg virus
  1. (archaic) Venom, as produced by a poisonous animal etc.
  2. (pathology, microbiology, virology) A submicroscopic non-cellular structure consisting of a core of DNA or RNA surrounded by a protein coat, that requires a living host cell to replicate, and often causes disease in the host organism.
    • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193: 
      Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola.
    • 2001, Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 64)
      Viruses are the smallest and most simplified forms of life.
  3. A disease caused by these organisms.
    He caught a virus and had to stay home from school.
  4. (computing) A program which can covertly transmit itself between computers via networks (especially the Internet) or removable storage such as CDs, USB drives, floppy disks, etc., often causing damage to systems and data; also computer virus.

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Asturian[edit]

Noun[edit]

virus m (plural virus)

  1. virus

Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

virus m (plural virus)

  1. virus

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Czech[edit]

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virus m

  1. virus

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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

virus c, n (singular definite virussen or virusset, plural indefinite virus or virusser or vira, plural definite virussene or virusserne or viraene)

  1. virus

Dutch[edit]

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Wikipedia nl

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virus n (plural virussen, diminutive virusje n)

  1. (microbiology) virus
  2. (computer science) virus

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Like most Latin borrowings, this word kept its original Latin gender (neuter); it is one of the few words ending in -us which is not masculine.


Finnish[edit]

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virus

  1. virus

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French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

virus m (plural virus)

  1. virus

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin virus (poison, slime, venom).

Noun[edit]

virus m (plural virus)

  1. virus (pathogen)
  2. computer virus

Italian[edit]

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virus m

  1. virus

Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Via rhotacism from Proto-Indo-European *wisos, *wīsos, *wiHsos. Cognates include Sanskrit विष (víṣa), Ancient Greek ἰός (iós), and and Tocharian B wase.

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vīrus n (genitive vīrī); second declension

  1. venom
  2. poison

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Second declension neuter with nominative/accusative/vocative in -us.

Number Singular
nominative vīrus
genitive vīrī
dative vīrō
accusative vīrus
ablative vīrō
vocative vīrus

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

From Latin virus

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virus n (definite singular viruset, indefinite plural virus, definite plural virusa or virusene)

  1. a virus
  2. a computer virus (see datavirus)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Latin virus

Noun[edit]

virus n (definite singular viruset, indefinite plural virus, definite plural virusa)

  1. a virus
  2. a computer virus (see datavirus)

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Romanian[edit]

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virus n (plural virusuri)

  1. virus

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

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vírus m (Cyrillic spelling ви́рус)

  1. (medicine) virus (DNA/RNA causing disease)
  2. (computing) computer virus

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin virus.

Noun[edit]

virus m (plural virus)

  1. virus, computer virus

Swedish[edit]

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virus n

  1. virus