(EB virus, EBV, human herpesvirus 4, HHV-4) the virus, belonging to the herpesvirus group, that is the causative agent of glandular fever. It attacks B lymphocytes. EB virus is also implicated in hepatitis and in certain cancers (e.g. Burkitt’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease). Sir M. A. Epstein (1921) and Y. M. Barr (1932), British pathologists
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