human papillomavirus


Definition of human papillomavirus

: any of numerous papillomaviruses (as of the genera Alphapapillomavirus, Betapapillomavirus, and Gammapapillomavirus) that cause various human papillomas (such as genital warts and plantar warts) and include some associated with the production of human cancer abbreviation HPV

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Recent Examples on the Web Other studies investigating childhood vaccines — like for the human papillomavirus, or HPV — as risk factors for developing type 1 diabetes in children found no association. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 And for vaccination in particular, payments have been successful for human papillomavirus (HPV) in England; hepatitis B in the United States and the United Kingdom; and tetanus toxoid in Nigeria. The Conversation, oregonlive, 22 May 2021 Vaccitech Chief Executive Bill Enright said Friday in an interview that the prospects for clinical-stage treatments for prostate cancer, hepatitis B and human papillomavirus were the biggest focus of investor interest. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Vaccitech plans to use technology underpinning the vaccine to advance clinical trials for treatments targeting prostate cancer, hepatitis B and human papillomavirus. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 The authors believed this lack of confidence could be linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine safety scares beginning in 2013. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2021 The additional cash will be used to finance three infectious disease and immuno-oncology programs that seek to treat chronic hepatitis B virus, human papillomavirus, and prostate cancer. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2021 One such debate arose in the United Kingdom in 2009 after a 14-year-old high schooler died hours after receiving a vaccination for human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, which can cause cancer. NBC News, 12 Mar. 2021 Is there a way, for example, to prevent cervical cancer — a life-threatening disease that starts with a simple infection of human papillomavirus (HPV) — from proliferating? Rosanna Xia, Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of human papillomavirus

: a double-stranded DNA virus of the genus Papillomavirus (species Human papillomavirus) that has numerous genotypes causing various human warts (as the common warts of the extremities, plantar warts, and genital warts) including some associated with the production of cervical cancer

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