Meaning of cytomegalovirus

cy•to•meg•a•lo•vi•rus

Pronunciation: (sī"tō-meg"u-lō-vī'rus), [key]
— pl. -rus•es.
  1. a common virus of the herpesvirus family, usually harmless or causing mild colds but capable of producing severe systemic damage in infected newborns and immunosuppressed persons. Abbr.: CMV
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