hepatitis D virus

noun
variants: or hepatitis delta virus

Definition of hepatitis D virus

: a single-stranded RNA virus (species Hepatitis delta virus of the genus Deltavirus) that lacks an outer protein coat and is the causative agent of hepatitis D
Note: In order for the hepatitis D virus to replicate and cause infection, the virus causing hepatitis B must also be present in the body to supply the proteins necessary to form its protein coat.
abbreviation HDV called also delta agent, delta virus

First Known Use of hepatitis d virus

1986


Medical Dictionary

hepatitis D virus

noun
variants: or hepatitis delta virus

medical Definition of hepatitis D virus

: a single-stranded RNA virus (species Hepatitis delta virus of the genus Deltavirus) that lacks an outer protein coat and is the causative agent of hepatitis D
Note: In order for the hepatitis D virus to replicate and cause infection, the virus causing hepatitis B must also be present in the body to supply the proteins necessary to form its protein coat.
  • Human hepatitis delta virus, or HDV, is harmless when on its own, but can cause devastating liver disease when it teams up with the hepatitis B virus.
  • —Philip CohenNew Scientist12 Oct. 1996
abbreviation HDV called also delta agent, delta virus

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