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Author(s): Wah Chiu, PhD, and Matthew Dougherty, MS. Slides: Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and Colleen Krockenberger, BS.

Virus - Etymology

Transcript from "Viruses," National Center for Macromolecular Imaging
Long ago, "virus" was the name for snake venom, from the Latin for a slimy liquid poison. Today, we also use the word to describe a certain kind of computer software. It makes sense. A software virus can poison healthy software.

Additional Virus information:
Norwalk causes outbreaks of diarrhea and viral gastroenteritis, most commonly among school-aged children. A common source for transmission of the virus is contaminated food or drinking water.
(U.S. National Library of Medicine. Viral gastroenteritis. NIH. Retrieved 03-12-2007 from

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Virus images courtesy of Wah Chiu, PhD, National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine. Funding for the images provided by NCMI, NIH.