hepatitis C virus ribonucleic acid
hepatitis C virus ribonucleic acid(hep-ă-tī'tis vī'rŭs rē-bō-nū-klē'ik as'id),
HCV is an RNA virus that can be directly detected in human blood using either a qualitative or quantitative assay. Qualitative assays are sensitive to low levels of viral replication with a lower limit of detection of 100 copies/mL. Quantitative assays estimate the number of viral particles in the blood with a variable dynamic range.