Oncovirus - definition of oncovirus by The Free Dictionary
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on·co·vi·rus (ŏn′kə-vī′rəs, ŏng′-)
Any of a group of viruses that cause cancers in birds and mammals.
, mass, tumor
; see oncology
(Biology) any virus which causes cancer
on•co•vi•rus (ˈɒŋ kəˌvaɪ rəs)
or on•cor•na•vi•rus (ɒŋˈkɔr nə-)
n., pl. -rus•es.
any retrovirus of the subfamily Oncovirinae, capable of producing tumors.
References in periodicals archive
It is an oncovirus
, meaning that it could potentially lead to cancer.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a common human oncovirus
and is associated with several human neoplasms, including various subtypes of lymphomas.
EBV is a well-known oncovirus
associated with several lymphoproliferative disorders.