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hepatitis B

noun

Definition of HEPATITIS B

:  a sometimes fatal hepatitis caused by a double-stranded DNA virus (species Hepatitis B virus of the genus Orthohepadnavirus, family Hepadnaviridae) that tends to persist in the blood serum and is transmitted especially by contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids (as semen) —called also serum hepatitis

First Known Use of HEPATITIS B

1971

hepatitis B

noun \-ˈbē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEPATITIS B

:  a sometimes fatal hepatitis caused by a double-stranded DNA virus (species Hepatitis B virus of the genus Orthohepadnavirus, family Hepadnaviridae) that tends to persist in the blood serum and is transmitted especially by contact with infected blood (as by transfusion or by sharing contaminated needles in illicit intravenous drug use) or by contact with other infected bodily fluids (as semen)—called also serum hepatitis

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