herpesvirus

noun her·pes·vi·rus \ ˌhər-(ˌ)pēz-ˈvī-rəs \

Definition of herpesvirus

: any of a family (Herpesviridae) of double-stranded DNA viruses that include the cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus and the causative agents of chicken pox, herpes simplex, Marek's disease, roseola infantum, and shingles

Recent Examples of herpesvirus from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'herpesvirus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of herpesvirus

1925


Medical Dictionary

herpesvirus

noun her·pes·vi·rus \ -ˈvī-rəs \

medical Definition of herpesvirus

: any of a family Herpesviridae of double-stranded DNA viruses

Learn More about herpesvirus


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up herpesvirus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or being an oracle

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman-tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!