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noun Pathology.
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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Also called serum hepatitis.

Origin of hepatitis B

First recorded in 1970–75
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hepatitis B

noun
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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