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[hur-peez-vahy-ruh s] /ˈhɜr pizˌvaɪ rəs/

noun, plural herpesviruses.
a DNA-containing of the family Herpesviridae, certain members of which cause such diseases in humans as oral and , infectious mononucleosis, chickenpox, and shingles.
any one of a family of DNA-containing viruses that includes the agents causing herpes, the Epstein-Barr virus, and the cytomegalovirus

herpesvirus her·pes·vi·rus (hûr’pēz-vī’rəs)
Either of two types of DNA-containing animal viruses of the genus Herpesvirus, herpesvirus type one or herpesvirus type two, which form inclusion bodies within the nuclei of host cells. Also called herpes simplex virus.

Herpesvirus n.
A genus of viruses of the family Herpetoviridae including the causative agents of genital herpes and shingles.


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