human herpesvirus 8

Definition / meaning of human herpesvirus 8

A type of herpesvirus that may cause Kaposi sarcoma (a rare cancer that can cause skin lesions) and a type of lymphoma (cancer that begins in the lymph system), especially in patients who have a weak immune system. Also called HHV8, Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, and KSHV.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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