Epstein-Barr virus

Definition of Epstein-Barr virus

Epstein-Barr virus

(ep-stine-BAR VY-rus)
A common virus that remains dormant in most people. It causes infectious mononucleosis and has been associated with certain cancers, including Burkitt lymphoma, immunoblastic lymphoma, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Also called EBV.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms