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Epstein-Barr virus

[ep-stahyn bahr]
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noun
  1. a type of herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis. Abbreviation: EBV
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Origin of Epstein-Barr virus

after M. A. Epstein (born 1921), British pathologist, and Y. M. Barr, British virologist, who isolated the virus in 1964
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British Dictionary definitions for epstein-barr virus

Epstein-Barr virus

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for epstein-barr virus

Epstein-Barr virus

1968, named for British virologist Michael Anthony Epstein and Irish-born virologist Yvonne M. Barr.

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epstein-barr virus in Medicine

Epstein-Barr virus

(ĕpstīn-)
n.
  1. A herpesvirus that is the causative agent of infectious mononucleosis. It is also associated with various types of human cancers.EB virus
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Epstein-Barr virus

[ĕpstīn-bär]
  1. 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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