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Epstein–Barr virus

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noun Ep·stein–Barr virus \ˌep-ˌstīn-ˈbär-\

Definition of Epstein–Barr virus

  1. :  a herpesvirus (species Human herpesvirus 4 of the genus Lymphocryptovirus) that causes infectious mononucleosis and is associated with Burkitt's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma —abbreviation EBV



Origin of epstein–barr virus

Michael Anthony Epstein b1921 and Yvonne M. Barr b1932 English pathologists


First Known Use: 1968


Medical Dictionary

Epstein–Barr virus

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noun Ep·stein–Barr virus \ˌep-ˌstīn-ˌbär-\

Medical Definition of Epstein–Barr virus

  1. :  a herpesvirus (species Human herpesvirus 4 of the genus Lymphocryptovirus) that causes infectious mononucleosis and is associated with Burkitt's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma—abbreviation EBV; called also EB virus



Biographical Note for epstein–barr virus

Ep·stein \ˈep-ˌstīn\play Michael Anthony (born 1921), and Barr \ˈbär\play Yvonne M. (born 1932), British virologists. In 1964 Epstein and Barr isolated a herpesvirus in cultured Burkitt's lymphoma cells. This herpesvirus, since known as the Epstein-Barr virus, is now thought to be a cause of various types of human cancers, including Burkitt's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Epstein also did research on tumor cell structure and other viruses.


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