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herpesvirus her·pes·vi·rus (hûr'pēz-vī'rəs)
Either of two types of DNA-containing animal viruses of the genus Herpesvirus, herpesvirus type one or herpesvirus type two, which form inclusion bodies within the nuclei of host cells. Also called herpes simplex virus.
A genus of viruses of the family Herpetoviridae including the causative agents of genital herpes and shingles.