Inflammation of the liver, usually caused by any of various infectious agents or toxins, including alcohol and numerous chemical compounds. Symptoms usually include jaundice, fatigue, fever, liver enlargement, and abdominal pain. There are five types of viral hepatitis: A, B,C, D, and E. Hepatitis A, an acute infection caused by a virus of the genus Hepatovirus is transmitted by contaminated food and water. Hepatitis B, caused by a virus of the genus Orthohepadnavirus and Hepatitis C, caused by a virus of the genus Hepacivirus, are more serious infections that are transmitted through infected bodily fluids such as blood and semen.
[hep-uh-tahy-tis] /ˌhɛp əˈtaɪ tɪs/ noun, Pathology. 1. inflammation of the liver, caused by a virus or a toxin and characterized by jaundice, liver enlargement, and fever. /ˌhɛpəˈtaɪtɪs/ noun 1. inflammation of the liver, characterized by fever, jaundice, and weakness See hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C n. 1727, coined from Greek hepatos, genitive of hepar […]
noun, Pathology. 1. a normally minor form of hepatitis caused by an RNA virus that does not persist in the blood: usually transmitted by ingestion of contaminated food or water. noun 1. a form of hepatitis caused by a virus transmitted in contaminated food or drink hepatitis A n. A form of hepatitis caused by […]
- Hepatitis-associated antigen
hepatitis-associated antigen n. Abbr. HAA See Australia antigen.
- Hepatitis a virus
hepatitis A virus n. Abbr. HAV The causative agent of viral hepatitis type A. Also called infectious hepatitis virus.