hepatitis B

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hepatitis B

n.
A viral hepatitis that is either acute or chronic, caused by a DNA virus, and usually transmitted by infected blood products (as through transfusion), contaminated needles, or exposure to infected bodily fluids through sexual intercourse. It can cause chronic liver damage and cancer. Also called serum hepatitis.

hepatitis B

n
(Pathology) a form of hepatitis caused by a virus transmitted by infected blood (as in transfusions), contaminated hypodermic needles, sexual contact, or by contact with any other body fluid. Former name: serum hepatitis

hepatitis B


n.
a form of hepatitis caused by a DNA virus (hepatitis B virus) that persists in the blood and has a long incubation period: usu. transmitted by sexual contact or by injection or ingestion of infected blood or other bodily fluids. Also called serum hepatitis.

hepatitis B

Inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus carried by the blood.
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Noun1.hepatitis B - an acute (sometimes fatal) form of viral hepatitis caused by a DNA virus that tends to persist in the blood serum and is transmitted by sexual contact or by transfusion or by ingestion of contaminated blood or other bodily fluids
viral hepatitis - hepatitis caused by a virus
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Petrides had ordered an investigation a day after Andreou's death from Hep B from a blood transfusion during surgery but was also forced to send back the report he received six months later as it was deemed incomplete.
Andreou died from Hep B at the age of 58 on April 7, almost three months after an operation in Paphos hospital during which he received blood and blood plasma from seven different donors.
Prof Williams, of University College, London, said hep B "represents a major pool of unrecognised infection.