a severe form of hepatitis caused by an incomplete virus (delta virus) that links to the hepatitis B virus for its replication.
- Hepatitis delta virus
hepatitis delta virus n. Causative agent of acute or chronic viral hepatitis type D. Also called delta agent, delta antigen.
hepatization hep·a·ti·za·tion (hěp’ə-tĭ-zā’shən) n. The conversion of a loose tissue into a firm mass like the substance of the liver, especially such a conversion of lung tissue in pneumonia.
1. a combining form meaning “liver,” used in the formation of compound words: hepatotoxin. combining form 1. denoting the liver: hepatitis hepato- or hepat- pref. Liver: hepatitis.
hepatocarcinoma hep·a·to·car·ci·no·ma (hěp’ə-tō-kär’sə-nō’mə) n. See hepatocellular carcinoma.