Meaning of herpesvirus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhəːpiːzˌvʌɪrəs/


  • Any of a group of DNA viruses causing herpes and other diseases.

    ‘Although many people associate the word herpes with genital herpes, the herpesvirus family is made up of nearly 100 kinds of viruses, eight of which cause disease in humans.’
    • ‘Previous studies have demonstrated that coinfection with herpesviruses can modulate HIV - 1 replication.’
    • ‘Epstein-Barr virus is one of 8 known human herpesviruses.’
    • ‘The mechanism of transmitting human herpesvirus 8, the herpesvirus associated with Kaposi's sarcoma, is not known.’
    • ‘All tissues were examined for the presence of viral inclusions characteristic of cytomegalovirus and herpesvirus.’