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Definition of HEPATITIS C
: a hepatitis caused by a flavivirus (species Hepatitis C virus of the genus Hepacivirus) that tends to persist in the blood serum and is usually transmitted by contact with infected blood (as by transfusion or by illicit intravenous drug use)
First Known Use of HEPATITIS C
Medical Definition of HEPATITIS C
: hepatitis caused by a single-stranded RNA virus of the family Flaviviridae (species Hepatitis Celsius virus of the genus Hepacivirus) that tends to persist in the blood serum and is usually transmitted by infected blood (as by injection of an illicit drug, blood transfusion, or exposure to blood or blood products) and that accounts for most cases of non-A, non-B hepatitis