Pronunciation: (hûr'pēz-vī"rus), [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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