hepatitis C

noun

Definition of hepatitis C

: an acute or chronic hepatitis that is caused by a flavivirus (species Hepatitis C virus of the genus Hepacivirus), is often asymptomatic in its early stages but may be marked by fatigue, fever, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal tenderness, and muscle and joint pain, and is usually transmitted by infected blood (such as by injection of an illicit drug, blood transfusion, or exposure to blood or blood products)

Note: The acute or short-term stage of hepatitis C typically progresses to a long-term or chronic infection which often leads to liver damage, liver failure, or liver cancer.

Examples of hepatitis C in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The World Health Organization estimates there are over 70 million cases of hepatitis C worldwide and 400,000 deaths from it each year. David Keyton And Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, "2 Americans and a British scientist win Nobel Prize for medicine for discovering hepatitis C virus," 5 Oct. 2020 The World Health Organization estimates that about 400,000 people died of hepatitis C in 2016, mostly from cirrhosis and cancer. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Medicine Nobel honors three scientists for discoveries on hepatitis C virus," 5 Oct. 2020 And Harvey Alter, a researcher for the National Institutes of Health, shared the Nobel in medicine for helping identify the hepatitis C virus. Gabe Friedman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heartwarming Jewish stories from 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 The investigators hope to test a long list of drugs, including the hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir, the antiparasitic drugs nitazoxanide and ivermectin, and colchicine, which is used to treat gout. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "First-of-its-kind African trial tests common drugs to prevent severe COVID-19," 3 Dec. 2020 Using the antiviral drug remdesivir, which was originally developed to fight hepatitis C and respiratory syncytial virus but failed to work against either. Author: Deborah Netburn, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus infections are higher than ever, but COVID-19 death rates are not. Why?," 25 Nov. 2020 Using the antiviral drug remdesivir, which was originally developed to fight hepatitis C and respiratory syncytial virus but failed to work against either. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus infections are higher than ever, but COVID-19 deaths are not. Why?," 25 Nov. 2020 Simply eliminating sobriety requirements for hepatitis C treatment, however, does not always increase access to care. Nick Voyles, STAT, "We can’t eliminate hepatitis C without removing barriers to treatment," 14 Nov. 2020 Ju is testing whether the hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir also can be used to treat COVID. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "For COVID Drugs, Months of Frantic Development Lead to Few Outright Successes," 13 Nov. 2020

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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hepatitis C

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Medical Definition of hepatitis C

: an acute or chronic hepatitis that is caused by a flavivirus (species Hepatitis C virus of the genus Hepacivirus), is often asymptomatic in its early stages but may be marked by fatigue, fever, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal tenderness, and muscle and joint pain, and is usually transmitted by infected blood (as by injection of an illicit drug, blood transfusion, or exposure to blood or blood products)

Note: The acute or short-term stage of hepatitis C typically progresses to a long-term or chronic infection which often leads to liver damage, liver failure, or liver cancer.

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