Definition of Epstein–Barr virus in English:

Epstein–Barr virus

(also EBV)

noun

Medicine
  • A herpesvirus causing glandular fever and associated with certain cancers, for example Burkitt's lymphoma.

    • ‘Infectious mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that is particularly common in adolescents and children.’
    • ‘Epstein-Barr virus, frequently referred to as EBV, is a member of the herpesvirus family and one of the most common human viruses.’

Origin

1960s: named after Michael A. Epstein (born 1921), British virologist, and Y. M. Barr (born 1932), Irish-born virologist.

Pronunciation

Epstein–Barr virus

/ˌɛpstʌɪnˈbɑː/