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herpesvirus

[ hur-peez-vahy-ruhs ]
/ ˈhɜr pizˌvaɪ rəs /
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noun, plural her·pes·vi·rus·es.
a DNA-containing virus of the family Herpesviridae, certain members of which cause such diseases in humans as oral and genital herpes, infectious mononucleosis, chickenpox, and shingles.
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Origin of herpesvirus

First recorded in 1920–25; from New Latin; see origin at herpes, virus
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British Dictionary definitions for herpesvirus

herpesvirus
/ (ˈhɜːpiːzˌvaɪrəs) /

noun
any one of a family of DNA-containing viruses that includes the agents causing herpes, the Epstein-Barr virus, and the cytomegalovirus
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