a form of hepatitis caused by a DNA virus (hepatitis B virus, or HBV) that persists in the blood, characterized by a long incubation period: usually transmitted by sexual contact or by injection or ingestion of infected blood or other bodily fluids.
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The Letter B Once Had A Much Longer NameThe letter B was part of the Phoenician alphabet more than 3000 years ago in 1000 BCE. At that time, the letter was called beth and looked a little different, but it made the sound of b and was second in the alphabet. The shape of the letter resembled the floor plan of a house, and the word beth meant “house.” This is pictured below. In Hebrew, the letter was called beth, bet, or bayt which also …
Origin of hepatitis B
First recorded in 1970–75
Also called serum hepatitis.
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British Dictionary definitions for hepatitis b virus
a form of hepatitis caused by a virus transmitted by infected blood (as in transfusions), contaminated hypodermic needles, sexual contact, or by contact with any other body fluidFormer name: serum hepatitis
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Medicine definitions for hepatitis b virus
A form of viral hepatitis caused by a DNA virus that often persists in the blood serum and can cause chronic liver damage. Hepatitis B is usually transmitted by infected blood products (as through transfusion), by contaminated needles, or by exposure to infected bodily fluids through sexual intercourse.serum hepatitis
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