Pronunciation: (hûr'pēz-vī"rus), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/herpesvirus.html on line 73 [key]
a DNA-containing virus of the family Herpesviridae, certain members of which cause such diseases in humans as oral and genital herpes, infectious mononucleosis, chickenpox, and shingles. Cf. herpes simplex, varicella-zoster virus, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus.
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