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Definition of EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS
: 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\ , Michael Anthony(born 1921), and Barr\ˈbär\ , 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.