delta virus
Hepatitis D virus. A defective RNA virus requiring a helper virus, usually Hepatitis B virus, for replication. Delta virus infections may exacerbate the clinical effects of Hepatitis B.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • delta virus — delta agent or delta virus, a defective virus that can exist only in combination with the virus which causes serum hepatitis: »The delta agent…believed to be on the rise world wide, can make chronic hepatitis B infection lethal (J. Silberner) …   Useful english dictionary

  • delta virus — n hepatitis D virus …   Medical dictionary

  • delta virus. — See under hepatitis delta. * * * …   Universalium

  • delta virus — del′ta vi rus n. mcr See under hepatitis delta …   From formal English to slang

  • delta virus. — See under hepatitis delta …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hepatitis delta virus ribozyme — The hepatitis delta virus (HDV) ribozyme is a non coding RNA that is necessary for viral replication and is thought to be the only catalytic RNA known to be required for viability of a human pathogen. The ribozyme acts to process the RNA… …   Wikipedia

  • hepatitis delta virus — n HEPATITIS D VIRUS * * * hepatitis D v …   Medical dictionary

  • delta agent — or delta virus, a defective virus that can exist only in combination with the virus which causes serum hepatitis: »The delta agent…believed to be on the rise world wide, can make chronic hepatitis B infection lethal (J. Silberner) …   Useful english dictionary

  • virus — viruslike, adj. /vuy reuhs/, n., pl. viruses. 1. an ultramicroscopic (20 to 300 nm in diameter), metabolically inert, infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants, and animals: composed of an RNA …   Universalium

  • Virus — This article is about the biological agent. For other uses, see Virus (disambiguation). For a generally accessible and less technical introduction to the topic, see Introduction to viruses. Viruses …   Wikipedia

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