3-D Graphical Representation of a Number of Rotavirus Virions (image) Baylor College of Medicine Share Print E-Mail Caption The organism's characteristic wheel-like appearance under the electron microscope gives the rotavirus its name from the Latin word 'rota,' meaning 'wheel.' Credit CDC/Jessica A. Allen/Allisa Eckert Usage Restrictions Refer to the credit line. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.