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Epstein–Barr virus Syllabification: Ep·stein–Barr vi·rus
Pronunciation: /ˌepstīnˈbär ˌvīrəs/
(abbreviation: EBV)

Definition of Epstein–Barr virus in English:


A herpesvirus causing infectious mononucleosis and associated with certain cancers, for example Burkitt’s lymphoma.
Example sentences
  • Epstein-Barr virus, frequently referred to as EBV, is a member of the herpesvirus family and one of the most common human viruses.
  • Infectious mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that is particularly common in adolescents and children.


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

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