Cytomegalovirus definition

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Any of a group of herpesviruses that attack and enlarge epithelial cells. Such viruses also cause a disease of infants characterized by circulatory dysfunction and microcephaly.
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Any of a group of herpesviruses that cause enlargement of the epithelial cells, esp. of the salivary glands: associated with pneumonia and with abnormalities in newborn infants.
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Any of a group of herpesviruses that attack and enlarge epithelial cells. Such viruses also cause a disease of infants characterized by circulatory dysfunction and microcephaly.
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Any of a group of herpes viruses of the genus Cytomegalovirus that cause enlargement and abnormal structures in the cell nucleus (known as nuclear inclusions ) in infected cells. Although the virus usually causes minor or no symptoms in normal adults, it is a common cause of opportunistic infections in immunosuppressed patients and can cause life-threatening congenital infections.
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Any of several herpes viruses, of the genus Cytomegalovirus, that attack the salivary glands.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cytomegalovirus
Plural:
cytomegaloviruses

Origin of cytomegalovirus

  • From the genus name.

    From Wiktionary