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her'pes sim'plex



Pronunciation: (sim'pleks), [key]
either of two herpes diseases caused by a herpesvirus that infects humans and some other animals and produces small, transient blisters on the skin or mucous membranes, one type of virus (herpes simplex virus type 1, or HSV-1) usually associated with oral herpes but also causing genital herpes and the other (herpes simplex virus type 2, or HSV-2) usually causing genital herpes.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

herpesherpesvirus
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