from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of DNA-containing animal viruses that form characteristic inclusion bodies within the nuclei of host cells and cause diseases such as chickenpox, infectious mononucleosis, herpes simplex, and shingles.
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- n. Any DNA virus, of the family Herpesviridae, many of which are responsible for diseases such as chickenpox, herpes simplex and shingles
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any of several dozen DNA-containing virus of the family Herpetoviridae, including among them such human-disease-causing agents as Herpes simplex virus causing oral and genital herpes, varicella-zoster virus (Herpes zoster virus) causing shingles and chickenpox (varicella), Epstein-Barr virus (EB virus) causing infectious mononucleosis, and Cytomegalovirus.
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- n. any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin
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