Definition of herpesvirus in US English:



  • Any of a group of DNA viruses causing herpes and other diseases.

    • ‘Epstein-Barr virus is one of 8 known human herpesviruses.’
    • ‘The mechanism of transmitting human herpesvirus 8, the herpesvirus associated with Kaposi's sarcoma, is not known.’
    • ‘All tissues were examined for the presence of viral inclusions characteristic of cytomegalovirus and herpesvirus.’
    • ‘Previous studies have demonstrated that coinfection with herpesviruses can modulate HIV - 1 replication.’
    • ‘Although many people associate the word herpes with genital herpes, the herpesvirus family is made up of nearly 100 kinds of viruses, eight of which cause disease in humans.’