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The liver, the body's largest gland, performs many important tasks, but is also vulnerable to many illnesses. At least five types of hepatitis, labeled with the letters A–E, are caused by viruses. The most common are hepatitis A, acquired through contaminated food and water; hepatitis B, which usually travels via sexual activity or shared needles; and hepatitis C, generally passed through shared needles. Some other types, including alcoholic hepatitis (caused by drinking too much alcohol), aren't infectious. There are vaccines for types A and B, and drug treatments for A, B, and C, though the drugs aren't always effective.
Origin and Etymology of hepatitis
First Known Use: circa 1751
HEPATITIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hepatitis for English Language Learners
medical : a serious disease of the liver that causes fever and makes your skin and eyes yellow
HEPATITIS Defined for Kids
Definition of hepatitis for Students
: a disease which is caused by a virus and in which the liver is damaged and there is yellowing of the skin and fever
Medical Definition of hepatitis
1: inflammation of the liver
2: a disease or condition (as hepatitis A or hepatitis B) marked by inflammation of the liver
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