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her·pes·vi·rus

(her'pēz-vī'rŭs),
Any virus belonging to the family Herpesviridae.

herpesvirus

/her·pes·vi·rus/ (-vi″rus) any of a group of DNA viruses which includes the etiologic agents of herpes simplex, herpes zoster, chickenpox, infectious mononucleosis, and cytomegalic inclusion disease in humans, and of pseudorabies and other animal diseases.

herpesvirus

(hûr′pēz-vī′rəs)
n. pl. herpesvi·ruses
Any of a family of DNA viruses that form characteristic inclusion bodies within the nuclei of host cells and cause diseases such as chickenpox, infectious mononucleosis, herpes simplex, and shingles.

herpesvirus

[hur′pēzvī′rəs]
Etymology: Gk, herpein + L, virus, poison
viruses from the family Herperviridae. At least seven species of herpesvirus are known to be infectious to man: herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human herpesvirus 6, and human herpesvirus 7.

her·pes·vi·rus

, herpes virus (hĕr'pēz-vī'rŭs)
Any virus belonging to the family Herpesviridae.

herpesvirus

Any virus belonging to a group of DNA-containing viruses, which have similar structures but few other properties in common. They are: herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) (human herpesvirus 1); herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) (human herpesvirus 2); varicella-zoster virus (VZV) (human herpesvirus 3); Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) (human herpesvirus 4); cytomegalovirus (CMV) (human herpesvirus 5); human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6); human herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7); and human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8). Herpesviruses may cause infections including blepharoconjunctivitis, herpes zoster ophthalmicus, iridocyclitis, keratitis, uveitis, retinal necrosis, retinitis and cytomegalovirus retinitis. See antiviral agents; virus.

her·pes·vi·rus

, herpes virus (hĕr'pēz-vī'rŭs)
Any virus belonging to the family Herpesviridae.

herpesvirus

a member of the family Herpesviridae.

herpesvirus hominus
infects nonhuman primates.
herpesvirus-1 infection
see Table 8.2.
herpesvirus paralysis
disease of horses, commonly those reinfected with EHV1. Signs vary from slight ataxia to incoordination, recumbency and death.
herpesvirus saimiri
has produced malignant lymphomas in some monkeys.
herpesvirus tamarinus
a cause of inclusion body hepatitis in marmosets and owl monkeys.

Patient discussion about herpesvirus

Q. Are cold sores contagious? My boyfriend has cold sores on his mouth. Can I catch it from him? If so, how can I prevent catching it?

A. Cold sores contain the HSV-1 virus, which is the herpes simplex virus . While your boyfriend has cold sores, he should wash his hands often, especially after touching his face. He shouldn't share cups and eating utensils with others since he is very contagious. You should not kiss him or touch the cold sores either, in order not to be infected.

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