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The topic plural form of words ending in -us has an extended and informative discussion about the plural of “virus”. That topic is briefly discussed in this article in the heading “Etymology”. I propose that this heading have a link to that article using the template “See also”. TomS TDotO (talk) 12:47, 10 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I don't see why not. But the plural of "virus" is "viruses", which no one contests and has been sort of made official by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, the world's recognised authority. I would not like to see "virii" (yuk) suggested as an alternative. Graham Beards (talk) 13:57, 10 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I agree with your distaste for “virii”. You will be pleased to hear that the article on plurals of “-us” does not suggest that, but favors “viruses”. As far as the International Committee’s stance, perhaps someone could add that. Thank you. TomS TDotO (talk) 15:53, 10 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It’s been a couple of days with no objection. I’ve made the same change for Platypus and Octopus with no objection, so I think that it is a benign change. So I’m going to make the change soon. Last chance to object. TomS TDotO (talk) 03:54, 13 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The reference "Collier" is completely useless. Although it might be a well-known reference within the community, it's ambiguous for every non-expert reading this article. Please provide proper sources (author, name, edition, year etc). (talk) 15:13, 18 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Look at the first entry under Bibliography. You owe us an apology. Graham Beards (talk) 16:09, 18 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh well, dumb me. I apologize solemnly. (talk) 12:40, 19 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Accepted. Best regards, Graham Beards (talk) 12:53, 19 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Minor edit request: "divided up into"->"divided into"[edit]

  • Specific text to be added or removed: Among RNA viruses and certain DNA viruses, the genome is often divided up into separate parts, in which case it is called segmented.
  • Reason for the change: Poor writing style
  • References supporting change: n/a

Thanks, (talk) 16:50, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

minor edit request under "novel viruses"[edit]

"The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that caused the pandemic of covid disease is an example of a novel virus." to "The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic [...]" for proper capitalisation and sounding more natural than "covid disease". thank you for filling this out if you do -- 2403:5807:7862:0:914E:BAA5:1B08:7F81 (talk) 12:50, 7 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you for your suggestion which I have incorporated. - Graham Beards (talk) 13:08, 7 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


i want know that what is submicroscopic (talk) 06:31, 22 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Too small to be seen with an optical microscope. Graham Beards (talk) 06:32, 22 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]