Epstein-Barr virus

[ ep-stahyn bahr ]
/ ˈɛp staɪn ˈbɑr /
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a type of herpesvirus that causes infectious mononucleosis. Abbreviation: EBV
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Origin of Epstein-Barr virus

Named after M. A. Epstein (born 1921), British pathologist, and Y. M. Barr (1932–2016), British virologist, who isolated the virus in 1964

Words nearby Epstein-Barr virus

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British Dictionary definitions for Epstein-Barr virus

Epstein-Barr virus
/ (ˈɛpstaɪn ˈbɑː) /

a virus belonging to the herpes family that causes infectious mononucleosis; it is also implicated in the development of Burkitt's lymphoma and Hodgkin's diseaseAbbreviation: EBV

Word Origin for Epstein-Barr virus

C20: named after Sir M. A. Epstein (born 1921), and Yvonne M. Barr (born 1932), British pathologists who discovered the virus
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Scientific definitions for Epstein-Barr virus

Epstein-Barr virus
[ ĕpstīn-bär ]

A virus of the family Herpesviridae and the genus Lymphocryptovirus that causes infectious mononucleosis and is associated with several types of human cancers. It is named after two of its discoverers, British pathologist Michael Anthony Epstein (born 1921) and British virologist Yvonne M. Barr (born 1932).
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