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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



Epstein-Barr virus  listen  (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.