hepatitis B

hepatitis B

noun Pathology.
a form of hepatitis caused by a DNA virus (hepatitis B virus, or HBV) that persists in the blood, characterized by a long incubation period: usually transmitted by sexual contact or by injection or ingestion of infected blood or other bodily fluids.
Also called serum hepatitis.


Origin:
1970–75

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hepatitis B
 
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Former name: serum hepatitis a form of hepatitis caused by a virus transmitted by infected blood (as in transfusions), contaminated hypodermic needles, sexual contact, or by contact with any other body fluid

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hepatitis B n.
A form of hepatitis caused by a DNA virus that persists in the blood serum and is transmitted by infected blood or blood derivatives, or by contaminated needles or other instruments. The disease has a long incubation period and symptoms that may become severe or chronic, causing serious damage to the liver. Also called serum hepatitis.

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