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cytomegalovirus

[ sahy-toh-meg-uh-loh-vahy-ruhs ]
/ 藢sa瑟 to蕣藢m蓻g 蓹 lo蕣藞va瑟 r蓹s /
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a common virus of the herpesvirus family, usually harmless or causing mild colds but capable of producing severe systemic damage in infected newborns and immunosuppressed persons. Abbreviation: CMV
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Origin of cytomegalovirus

1960鈥65; cytomegal(ia) (see cytomegalic) + -o- + virus
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British Dictionary definitions for cytomegalovirus

cytomegalovirus
/ (藢sa瑟t蓹蕣藞m蓻伞蓹l蓹蕣藢va瑟r蓹s) /

noun
a virus of the herpes virus family that may cause serious disease in patients whose immune systems are compromisedAbbreviation: CMV
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for cytomegalovirus

cytomegalovirus
[ s墨鈥瞭蓹-m臅g鈥采-l艒-v墨r蓹s ]

Any of a group of herpes viruses of the genus Cytomegalovirus that cause enlargement and abnormal structures in the cell nucleus (known as nuclear inclusions) in infected cells. Although the virus usually causes minor or no symptoms in normal adults, it is a common cause of opportunistic infections in immunosuppressed patients and can cause life-threatening congenital infections.
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