Herpesvirus definition

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Any of a family of DNA 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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Any of a family (Herpesviridae) of DNA viruses variously affecting certain vertebrates and invertebrates, esp. the viruses causing herpes simplex, herpes zoster, and chickenpox in human beings.
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Any of a family of DNA 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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(biology) Any DNA virus, of the family Herpesviridae, many of which are responsible for diseases such as chickenpox, herpes simplex and shingles.
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Noun

Singular:
herpesvirus
Plural:
herpesviruses