her·​pes·​vi·​rus | \ ˌhər-(ˌ)pēz-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce herpesvirus (audio) \

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

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The team found more viral DNA in Alzheimer’s brains compared with healthy brains—specifically, high levels of DNA from human herpesvirus 6A (HHV-6A). Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "Harder Evidence Builds that Viruses Play a Role in Alzheimer’s," 21 June 2018 And genes that seemed to make tissues more susceptible to harm from the herpesviruses were expressed most strongly in two brain areas that are especially damaged in Alzheimer’s, Dr. Dudley said. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds," 21 June 2018 The Houston Zoo has worked in recent years to control and treat the elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, the leading cause of death for elephants in North America zoos, through a partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine. Jennifer Radcliffe, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo welcomes 345-pound elephant calf born on Father's Day," 17 June 2018 Today a deadly herpes virus, Ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1), is threatening Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas), the world’s most popular and valuable oyster species. Colleen Burge, Smithsonian, "Oysters Can Get Herpes, And It’s Killing Them," 12 Sep. 2017

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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her·​pes·​vi·​rus | \ -ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce herpesvirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of herpesvirus

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

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